UK on verge of approving mitochondrial replacement therapy

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After extensive consultation, the UK government decided to accept the recommendation from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to approve a radically new technique that enables women with dysfunctional mitochondria to have their own children free of the inherited abnormality that often leads to severely life-limiting disorders. The technique involves replacing damaged mitochondrial DNA – often described as the battery for human cells – in an embryo with healthy mitochondrial DNA from another embryo. Now parliament has to decide whether to change the rule that has so far banned making changes to DNA that can be passed from one generation to the next.

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