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Newcastle University pioneers DNA profiling treatment

The medical technique has been pioneered by scientists at Newcastle University. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A new medical technique which uses a patient's DNA to diagnose rare conditions has been used for the first time in the UK.

The technique has been developed at Newcastle University and uses an individual's genetic blueprint to enable doctors to personalise medical care.

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will meet with medical experts at Newcastle's Centre for Life where the research was carried out.

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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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