Britain moves a step closer to three parent babies

Britain could become the first country in the world to allow babies to be born with three genetic parents to help stamp out serious diseases.

A human embryo before being plunged into liquid nitrogen
A human embryo before being plunged into liquid nitrogen Credit: Press Association

If MPs agree that the controversial technique is ethically acceptable the first babies could be born by the end of next year.

Some critics believe the move would mark a slippery slope leading to "designer babies". It's predicted that between five and 10 "three parent" babies could be born each year.

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UK may allow 3 parent babies

Britain could become the first country in the world to allow babies to be born with three genetic parents to help stamp out serious diseases.