The first three-parent babies could be born by 2015 after the government set out new draft regulations which will allow donor DNA from a second mother to be implanted into a defective egg.
A debate is being held in Westminster about the UK becoming the first country in the world to legalise babies with three biological parents. The controversial IVF technique has never been tried before.
Scientists in Newcastle are pushing for the technique to made legal. But critics say it's completely unethical and would be a step too far for the human race.
Helen Ford reports on one woman who lost seven children to genetic illness, and is in favour of the change:
A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster.
Scientists at Newcastle University want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. But critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.
Colin Hart at The Christian Institute and Professor Doug Turnbull at Newcastle University voice the arguments against and for the treatment:
Scientists and religious groups have clashed over proposals for three-parent IVF, which are being debated in Westminster later today.
A controversial technique that could see babies born to three biological parents is being debated at Westminster later.
Scientists at Newcastle university want the IVF treatment to be legalised to prevent rare genetic illnesses. However, critics say the procedure would be completely unethical.
Companies that helped create the Lumiere festival in Durham are putting on a business reception in Westminster to showcase their work to MPs.
Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has helped set it up as a way of trying to bring Research and Development investment to the North East.
Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.
Payday loans - and the cheaper alternatives - will be discussed with Hexham MP Guy Opperman and Stockton North's Alex Cunningham.
Also, tonight's panel consider Westminster's response to the crisis in Syria, ahead of the party conferences.
Stockton found itself at the heart of Europe today, as one of its MPs inched Britain closer to an EU referendum.
The Commons voted 304 to zero in favour of James Wharton's bill, which would give all of us a say on our membership by 2017.
James Wharton's neighbour in Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, is Labour and completely opposed to a referendum.
He claims Mr Wharton is using this bill as an opportunity to advance his own career and win favour with the Prime Minister, rather than protecting the interests of Stockton.
James Wharton is MP for Stockton South, so we thought we'd see what people there think about his choice of bill.
We asked 'What are Stockton's priorities right now?'
The most popular response was 'to improve the shops', followed by 'getting more jobs'.
Not one person mentioned a referendum on the EU.