London’s Hottest New Accessory: Three-Person Babies
Hot off the neonatal catwalks comes London’s must-have new accessory for Spring 2o16: Three-Person Babies.
Ah, some sort of New Normal gay couple-sponsored Midwestern farmgirl parenting situation, you say? Uh-uh. Are we talking two fathers inseminating a surrogate with a genetic jambalaya and pinky-swearing to never spring for a DNA test? Nope! Some sort of Arizona and Callie both using the same sperm donor type of situation? Bah!
The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.
The modified version of IVF has passed its final legislative obstacle after being approved by the House of Lords.
The fertility regulator will now decide how to license the procedure to prevent babies inheriting deadly genetic diseases.
The first baby could be born as early as 2016.
A large majority of MPs in the House of Commons approved “three-person babies” earlier this month.
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The amendment will permit the use of controversial procedures, aimed at preventing serious inherited mitochondrial diseases.
The treatment – called mitochondrial transfer – has also become known as “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
This is because the babies, born from genetically modified embryos, would have DNA from a mother, a father and from a female donor.
It is designed to help families with mitochondrial diseases, incurable conditions passed down the maternal line that affect around one in 6,500 children worldwide.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “Parliament’s decision will bring hope to hundreds of families affected by mitochondrial disease.
But what’s that you say?
Britain’s recent decision to allow the creation of so-called ‘three-parent babies’ has breached EU laws and “violated human dignity,” a group of MEPs have said.
The European Commission has been asked to step in to halt the move, which will allow the genetic material of a “second mother” to be used to repair genetic faults in mitochondrial DNA.
Over 50 MEPs have written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to withdraw the legislation, which was passed earlier this month, saying the effects of the procedure are “unethical.”
The open letter warns Cameron that clinical trials due to begin this year go against EU law, which prohibits genetic alterations that can be passed down to the next generation.