Good News: Britain ready to welcome babies with three parents

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…….”


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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