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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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Three-person babies result a 'vote of confidence'

Speaking after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing a "three-person" IVF technique, Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said:

This is a vote of confidence in the patients, scientists, doctors and ethicists who have worked hard for a decade to explain this complex research to politicians, the public and the media, and in the exemplary process for reviewing scientific, ethical and public opinion led by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

– Dr Jeremy Farrar

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