'Three-parent' babies: UK clinic gets OK for groundbreaking technique
By Laura Smith-Spark and Meera Senthilingam CNN
Updated 1345 GMT (2145 HKT) March 16, 2017
The IVF technique involves replacing the mom's faulty mitochondria with another's healthy mitochondria.
- UK health regulator approves use of the technique by Newcastle University clinic
- Expert: Treatment to reduce risk of mothers transmitting disease to their children
scientists have been given the go-ahead to carry out a treatment that
will make it possible for babies to be made from two women and a man.
as mitochondrial donation, the in vitro fertilization technique
involves replacing faulty mitochondria inherited from the mother with
the healthy mitochondria of another woman as a way of preventing
mitochondrial disease from being passed on to a child.
Sally Cheshire, the fertility regulator's chair, announced the approval Thursday during its annual conference.
can confirm today that the HFEA has approved the first application by
Newcastle Fertility at Life for the use of mitochondrial donation to
treat patients," Cheshire said afterward.
will now be able to apply individually to the HFEA to undergo
mitochondrial donation treatment at Newcastle, which will be
life-changing for them, as they seek to avoid passing on serious genetic
diseases to future generations."
The facility will now need to apply to conduct the process on a case-by-case basis.
What are mitochondria?
Mitochondria are small structures found in our cells that generate the cellular energy used to power every part of our bodies.
Mitochondria have their own DNA, which controls only mitochondrial function and energy production.
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