Three-parent baby debate

A public consultation on the ethics of using three people to create one baby and fix defective DNA will come to an end tomorrow when the results are made public.

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Public backs "three-parent" IVF

Members of the public broadly support the creation of IVF babies with three genetic parents in order to defeat inherited disease.

A majority of Britons back controversial mitochondrial replacement techniques that could affect generations to come, fertility regulators found.

However, a large proportion of people were unsure or undecided about what they thought of the currently illegal procedures.

Results from a major consultation by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority were delivered to the Government today, as well as policies and safeguards for treatments.

However, they fell short of recommending the move permitting children to be conceived with the help of DNA donated by a second "mother".

Experts believe mitochondrial replacement could lead to the eradication of serious inherited diseases, but critics argue that it could be the beginning of eugenics.


Broad support for disease-prevention DNA technique

A public consultation has shown broad support for controversial research being carried out at Newcastle University.

The DNA technique uses three people to create one baby in order to prevent genetic diseases being passed through generations.

The findings of the consultation will now be passed to the government and, if approved, could be made law within five years.

However, opponents of the research say that it is unethical.

Full Report: Three-parent baby debate to fix defective DNA

Groundbreaking research that uses IVF treatment to stop mothers passing devastating diseases onto their children has been under scrutiny.

A panel of experts is due to report back on the results of a public consultation looking at the ethics of using three people to create one baby.

The technique transfers DNA between human eggs to replace defective parts of body cells, and has been developed by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre, at Newcastle University.

However, as Kenny Toal reports - not everyone is in favour of it.

You can watch his full report below.

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