‘Three person embryo’ laws: UK legisation

Various reports appeared today confirming a Parliamentary vote in favour of making Britain the first country in the world to permit IVF babies to be created using biological material from three different people to help prevent serious genetic diseases. The language in the legislation refers to a significant risk that a person will have or develop serious mitochondrial disease.

The Guardian newspaper reports:

In a historic debate, the House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 – a majority of 254 – to allow mitochondrial donation through a controversial amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. They approved the regulation in spite of some critics warning it was a step towards creating “three-parent” designer babies.

The regulations will now have to be approved in the House of Lords, where they are likely to be passed.

The relevant instrument is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015.

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