IVF breakthrough in Britain
LONDON: Doctors have three women lined up to give birth to the UK’s first “three-parent” babies after getting the green light from a fertility regulator.
The first are ready to have IVF using a second woman’s mitochondrial DNA and could be pregnant in months.
Newcastle fertility clinic yesterday was granted a licence to replace a mother’s defective genetic material with healthy mitichondrial DNA from another woman.
In the biggest l eap forward for fertility treatment since IVF, the clinic will seek licences for three women under 40.
The first baby could be born to two women who know each other, with eligible women understood to have asked friends to be egg donors.
But while two women will be involved in the successful birth of each child, the second will have no real genetic link, contributing only mitochondrial DNA.
The controversial technique, which critics fear could pave the way for designer babies, is a lifeline for up to 3 000 women in danger of passing on deadly diseases such as muscular dystrophy.
Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University, said: “This is a momentous day.” – Daily Mail