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Britain sets out plans for first 'three-parent' IVF babies

Published on Feb 27, 2014 9:37 PM
 
Britain published draft regulations on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to offer "three-parent" fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children. -- ST FILE PHOTO:  ALAN LIM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain published draft regulations on Thursday that would make it the first country in the world to offer "three-parent" fertility treatments to families who want to avoid passing on incurable diseases to their children.

In a move praised by doctors and but feared by critics who say the technique will lead to eugenic "designer babies", the government said the new rules were aimed at preventing transmission of a serious disease from mother to child and would be subject to public scrutiny and parliament's approval.

The technique is known as three-parent in vitro fertilisation (IVF) because the offspring would have genes from a mother, a father and from a female donor.

The British plans come as medical advisers in the United States began a series of public hearings this week to consider whether there is scientific justification for allowing human trials of the technique.

 
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