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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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Poll: Should Britain allow 'three-parent' babies?

MPs will vote today on whether to allow babies to be created using the DNA of three people, effectively creating a 'three-parent' baby.

Supporters of the controversial treatment say allowing faulty DNA to be replaced before birth would be a major step forward in preventing genetic diseases.

Critics argue the procedure would amount to creating 'designer babies' and state that no clinical trials to test the effectiveness on humans have been carried out.

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