Three-Parent Babies Firstly Legalized by UK

A new development has emerged as Britain legalise the creation of a three-parent baby using healthy DNA from a donor to fix debilitating genetic problems.

The fertility clinic regulator Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) UK has approved the technique, developed by British scientists, to replace an egg’s defective mitochondrial DNA with healthy mitochondrial DNA from another female donor to prevent the child from suffering from genetic flaws with a “caution use”.

HFEA Chairwoman Sally Cheshire said in an announcement Thursday that endorsement of the strategy is "extraordinary" for families. Guardians who confront a high danger of having a kid with an existence debilitating mitochondrial illness "may soon have the possibility of a sound, hereditarily related kid," she said.

This practise may cause court challenges down the line over custody or inheritance. Because the baby would have two biological mothers and a father.

The technique was approved by in specific situation by HFEA only after all other options have been exhausted, such as screening for healthy embryos.

Application can begin immediately for Fertility clinics that wants to obtain a license to carry out the procedure and could being using it in early 2017, with the first three-parent babies likely to be born late in the year as reported.

It is not everybody that is excited about the development. Critics are concerned about the unknown consequences of major genetic changes being passed on for generations.

Another fear they have is that Britain could open the floodgates to “designer babies,” created with particular characteristics and washed of genetic flaws or less desirable traits.


But other people support the technique, saying that it is a way to help parents having genetic issues to have a healthy family.

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