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UK becomes first country to legalise three-person babies

The UK has become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of IVF babies using DNA from three people.

It comes after peers in the House of Lords threw out an attempt to block the plan by 280 votes to 48.

Scientists at Newcastle University have developed the controversial technique, saying it could help women with genetic illnesses to have children.

MPs voted in favour of making it legal, but critics say it's unethical and a slippery slope to allowing designer babies.

Next step - Mars

Simulation Alpha Outpost will train up the potential astronauts Credit: Mars One

50 men and 50 women are hoping to set up a human colony on Mars. The have been chosen from more than 200 thousand applicants from all over the world.

Eight Britons are among the 100 potential pioneers, including Durham University astro physics student Hannah Earnshaw.

Each one participated in a personal online interview with Norbert Kraft, M.D., the mission's Chief Medical Officer.

The candidates had to show they understood the risks involved and talk about their motivation to be part of what will undoubtably be a life changing expedition.

“The large cut in candidates is an important step towards finding out who has the right stuff to go to Mars,” said Bas Lansdorp, Co-founder & CEO of Mars One. “These aspiring martians provide the world with a glimpse into who the modern day explorers will be.”


Would you go on a one way trip to Mars?

What a human base on Mars might look like Credit: Mars One

Could you leave your family, friends, everything behind to put your name in the history books?

Over 200 thousand people applied to be among the first members of the human race to go to Mars.

That number has been whittled down to 100, all wanting to trek in the final frontier.

Hannah Earnshaw could be heading on a one way to Mars Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham University student Hannah Earnshaw is one of them.

The 22-year-old has been shortlisted for the Mars One mission to set up a permanent presence more 50 million km from Earth.

On the up side she could help create the first human colony on Mars. On the down side she will never be able to come home.

It will be a one trip as the limited technology will only be able to get them to the red planet.

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Student could make one way trip to Mars

Journey to Mars will probably be a one way trip Credit: Mars One

From the initial 202,586 applicants, only 100 hopefuls have been selected to proceed to the next round of the Mars One Astronaut Selection Process.

Only eight of them are from the UK, including 22-year-old Durham student Hannah Earnshaw.

The candidates are one step closer to becoming the first humans on Mars. There is one drawback however, the mission is one way.

The spacecraft that will take them to the red planet has not yet been built, but it is very unlikely it will have to capability to make it back home.

Despite the drawbacks, Hannah remains excited by the challenge ahead.

"I am optimistic about the mission in general," says Hannah, "which is to establish a home on another planet. And the candidates that go there will make a home for themselves, and life for themselves.

"It's not some kind of exile. It's a new start."

Student shortlisted to become Mars pioneer

Hannah Earnshaw could be heading to Mars on a pioneering mission through space Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hannah Earnshaw has spent most of her life looking to the stars. Her passion brought her to Durham University where she is studying for a PhD in astro physics. But she hopes her enthusiasm for space will take her much further.

The 22-year-old has made the shortlist of 100 candidates out of 200 thousand applicants for a place on a mission to Mars.

Speaking to ITV Tyne Tees last year, Hannah said: "I have always been amazed by how much there is to study in space, and how amazing and complex and beautiful it all is.

"I am excited to be part of a big multi national, multi cultural, multi racial mission to push the boundaries of human achievement."

The organisation behind this ambitious project is Mars One. The Dutch company plans to set up a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2024.

Woman who lost seven children "overwhelmed" after MPs vote in favour of 'three parent' babies

A woman who lost seven children to a rare genetic disease says that she is "overwhelmed" after MPs voted in favour of 'three-parent' babies.

Sharon Bernardi has been campaigning for the vote for five years and she says her children's deaths would have been prevented through the controversial IVF technique.

However, there are concerns that the research behind the technique is unknown and could interfere with the genetic code. Andrea Williams from Christian Concern claims the method is "premature".

Britain has become the first country to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three different people after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of new legislation.

It involves making a baby with three biologocal parents - with the aim of eliminating particular life-threatening diseases.


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MPs pass 'three-person babies' legislation

Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three different people after MPs overwhelmingly backed new legislation.

MPs voted in favour of mitochondrial donation techniques by 382 to 128 in the historic Commons vote.

Doctors say the treatment will mark a major step forward in preventing inherited diseases by allowing faulty DNA to be replaced.

But opponents argue that it could lead to so-called "designer babies" being created.

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