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Landmark DNA project designed to beat cancer

Newcastle scientists will take a lead in landmark DNA project. Credit: Life Science Centre

Cancer patients from Newcastle have been among the first in the country to donate DNA samples for a landmark project.

Newcastle is one of three pilot areas involved in the Genomes Project, announced today by the Prime Minister.

The aim is to 'map' 100,000 complete DNA code sequences, so that personalised treatments can be developed.

Scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life are among the teams spearheading the project, which could help millions of people beat serious illnesses such as cancer.

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Broad support for three-parent baby 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 will now be passed to the government. If approved it could be law within five years. Opponents say it's unethical.

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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