Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Mitochondrial Disease: Britain allows repairing embryo with DNA from 3rd party


MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in a historic move.
The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people. 

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child. 

During the debate, ministers said the technique was "light at the end of a dark tunnel" for families.
A further vote is required in the House of Lords. It everything goes ahead then the first such baby could be born next year. 

Proponents said the backing was "good news for progressive medicine" but critics say they will continue to fight against the technique that they say raises too many ethical and safety concerns.
Estimates suggest 150 three-person babies could be born each year. 

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We're not playing god here, we're just making sure that two parents who want a healthy baby can have one."

Life-saving The method, which was developed in Newcastle, should help women like Sharon Bernardi, from Sunderland, who lost all seven of her children to mitochondrial disease.


  1. So what is the Daas Torah (not Daas Ba'alei Battim) about the halachic status of a child conceived in this manner?

    Is considered as if the parents have fulfilled the mitzvah of Pru U'rvu? Is there any problem of mamzerus? Could he marry the child of the donor?

  2. שלשה שותפים באדם ...

  3. say bye bye to Maaseh Beraishis


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