23:00 GMT +315 December 2017
Listen Live
    A human embryo

    UK Fertility Regulator Gives Clinic Go-Ahead to Create Three-Person Babies

    CC BY 2.0 / lunar caustic / Embryo week 9-10
    Tech
    Get short URL
    124

    The UK Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on Thursday granted permission to a Newcastle clinic to use DNA from three people during in vitro fertilization.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The technique allows the creation of embryos using female donor mitochondria, which generate energy in cells, to prevent faulty ones from being passed on by the mother. The alien DNA carryover is expected to be below two percent.

    "I can confirm today that the HFEA has approved the first application by Newcastle Fertility at Life for the use of mitochondrial donation to treat patients," HFEA chair Sally Cheshire said in a statement on the authority's website.

    She said the decision came after many years of research that led the UK parliament to change a law on fertility treatment in 2015 to allow IVF clinics to be licensed to carry out techniques that treat genetic faults in mitochondrial DNA.

    The regulator emphasized that the license only related to the Newcastle clinic’s capacity to perform the technique, and patients will have to apply individually to the HFEA to be allowed to undergo mitochondrial donation treatment.

    Related:

    Researchers Say It’s Possible to Build a Self-Replicating DNA Supercomputer
    The Future of the Hard Drive: How Synthetic DNA Can Store Thousands of Gigabytes
    DNA Test Needed to Confirm Kim Jong Nam’s Body Identification
    For Science! World’s Oldest Mummies Get a DNA Scan
    Tags:
    human embryo, Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA), Sally Cheshire, Newcastle, Britain
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment