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UK Approves Three-Person Babies With Help of Modified IVF Version

by Bidita Debnath on February 25, 2015 at 10:25 PM
 UK Approves Three-Person Babies With Help of Modified IVF Version

UK has become the first country, which has approved the laws to allow the creation of babies from three people with the help of modern IVF technology.

The House of Lords has approved the law, and now the fertility regulator will decide how to license the procedure to prevent babies inheriting deadly genetic diseases, the BBC reported.


Scientist explained that mitochondria are the tiny compartments inside nearly every cell of the body that convert food into useable energy and a genetic defect in it means that the body has insufficient energy to keep the heart beating or the brain functioning.

This modern technique will use a modified version of IVF to combine the healthy mitochondria of a donor woman with DNA of the two parents and will result in babies with 0.1 percent of their DNA from the second woman and is a permanent change that would echo down through the generations.

Lord Howe, health minister said that it will help the families in many ways and came out to be a big hope for them.

James Lawford Davies, a lawyer from Lawford Davies Denoon said that all of the legal arguments made in opposition to the regulations were hopeless and the regulations didn't breach the Clinical Trials Directive which applied only to medicinal products.

The first baby with the IVF modern technique could be born as early as 2016.

Source: ANI
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