UK science panel backs three-parent IVF babies


A new review by British scientists has given the green light to creating babies from three people. They said the techniques used were not unsafe.The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) said Tuesday that after examining a large amount of data, it has concluded that nothing suggests at the moment that the techniques used were“unsafe” and added it could be “potentially useful for a specific and defined group of patients.”But it added that further experiments were needed. The announcement follows two reviews in 2011 and 2013, which reached similar conclusions.The techniques used in three parent IVF babies are highly controversial as they involve creating babies from three people – two mothers and one father, which critics say could lead to the phenomenon of“designer children.”

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