New IVF technique could treat muscular dystrophy

The aim of this form of IVF is to stamp out serious diseases which can be passed from a mother to her children. Around one in 200 babies are born each year in the UK with a defect in the way cells are supplied with energy.

Embryos prepared for instant freezing
Embryos prepared for instant freezing Credit: Press Association

One in 6,500 babies can suffer potentially life-threatening diseases including a form of muscular dystrophy and conditions leading to hearing and vision loss, heart, lung and liver problems, and bowel disorders. An estimated 12,000 people in the UK live with the diseases.

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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.