The first ‘three-parent’ babies could be born in the UK next year following a historic decision giving the controversial new fertility technique the final go-ahead.
Three-person IVF, which prevents babies from inheriting lethal genetic diseases, has been approved by fertility regulator the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
The HFEA’s decision means clinics are now free to apply for permission to carry out the treatment, with the first patients expected to be seen as early as next Spring.
Professor Mary Herbert, who has led scientists pioneering the technique at Newcastle University, called the decision “enormously gratifying”.
“Our many years of research in this area can finally be applied to help families affected by these devastating diseases,” she said.
According to the team, MRT is scientifically ready and they already have women lined up to receive the therapy.
Critics say the technique is not foolproof and small numbers of faulty mitochondria may still be “carried over” into the child, and even replicate in the developing embryo.
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