Britain sets out plans for first ‘3-parent’ IVF babies

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Parenting/Kids News Headlines – Yahoo! News
Britain sets out plans for first ‘3-parent’ IVF babies
By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) – Britain proposed new regulations on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to offer “three-parent” fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. The technique is known as three-parent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the offspring would have genes from a mother, a father and from a female donor. The treatment, only at the research stage in laboratories in Britain and the United States, would for the first time involve implanting genetically modified embryos into women. The process involves intervening in the fertilisation process to remove faulty mitochondrial DNA, which can cause inherited conditions such as fatal heart problems, liver failure, brain disorders, blindness and muscular dystrophy.

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