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UK moves closer to 'three-parent babies' after historic vote

Britain has moved a step closer to becoming the first country 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.

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Vote will 'keep UK at forefront of scientific development'

The Government's chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, has said she is "delighted" that MPs passed the amendment and that she hopes the Lords will do the same.

Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

She said: "Mitochondrial donation will give women who carry severe mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have children without passing on devastating genetic disorders.

"It will also keep the UK at the forefront of scientific development in this area," Dame Sally added.

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