Hannah Devlin in The Times 28th February reports: Britain ready to welcome babies with three parents . This technological advance has the potential to help reduce and/or eradicate certain hereditary diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Huntington’s Disease…. But it will be very expensive and without sufficient funding it wont be available to everyone equally – there is a risk of it being available only to the well-informed and assertive..and with Post-Code rationing.. But it’s good news …
“Babies with three biological parents could be conceived in Britain by the end of the year, under proposed changes to the law permitting an IVF technique to be used in clinics for the first time.
The therapy, which could help to eliminate certain incurable genetic diseases, involves swapping a fraction of a mother’s DNA with that from an anonymous female donor.
Draft regulations, published by the Department of Health yesterday, could come into force by the end of the year.
Professor Doug Turnbull, who has pioneered research on the technique at the University of Newcastle, said that the final efforts to ensure its safety were taking place: “You’re always going to keep looking for things to be safer and more efficient, but we would hope to be ready to go by the end of the year.”
The technique involves replacing faulty mitochondria, which provide cells’ energy. They account for less than 1 per cent of a person’s DNA and do not influence appearance or intelligence…….”