Dec 16 2016

Newslink: Babies with Three Biological Parents Are Coming to the U.K.

The British government has given the green light for a technique that will let parents-to-be sidestep mitochondrial disease. 

 The U.K. has become the first country to approve a controversial  fertility treatment that involves creating babies who have three  biological parents. The move is expected to help some women with rare  genetic defects become mothers as soon as late 2017

 The U.K. government’s Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority has said  that clinics around the country are now allowed to apply for licenses to  perform mitochondrial replacement therapy. The technique involves  taking a nucleus from an egg or fertilized embryo that has defective  mitochondria, and swapping it into a healthy donor egg. 

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