The United Kingdom is on course to become the first country to allow in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to create babies using biological material from three people to prevent serious inherited disease, after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the procedure, reports the BMJ.
The UK House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to approve regulations allowing mitochondrial donation, after MPs were given a free vote of conscience on the issue.
The Telegraph is asking your opinion:
and interestingly, the general public results look quite different from the MP’s vote…
Go ahead and give your opinion!
Sources and more information
- Commons debate statutory instrument on mitochondrial donation,
parliament.uk, 03 February 2015.
- The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015, legislation.gov.uk, ISBN 978-0-11-112581-6. Draft document PDF coming into force 29th October 2015.
- MPs say yes to three-person babies, BBC News, 03 February 2015.
- Three-parent babies is not ‘playing God’, says Cameron as MPs vote to legalise IVF technique in Britain, DailyMail, 03 February 2015.
- Three-parent babies could be at greater risk of cancer, warn scientists, telegraph, 03 February 2015.
- Three parent babies: unethical, scary and wrong, telegraph, 03 February 2015.
- #ThreePersonIVF controversial fertility treatment: estimate about how many couples could benefit.
- Churches oppose three-person baby plan, BBC News, 30 January 2015.