Britain's House of Lords approves conception of three-person babies | Politics | The GuardianThe 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.
The House of Lords tonight rejected an attempt to block the plan by a majority of 232.
Britain has become the first country in the world to permit the use of “three-person IVF” to prevent incurable genetic diseases.Designer Superbabies Could Rewrite Human Reproduction
The House of Lords voted by 280 votes to 48 on Tuesday evening to approve changes to the law allowing fertility clinics to carry out mitochondrial donation. Babies conceived through this IVF technique would have biological material from three different people – a mother, father and a female donor.
MPs voted in favour of the new rules earlier this month and clinics can apply for licences to use the technique from the autumn.
Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, which supports research into mitochondrial donation at Newcastle University, said: “Families who know what it is like to care for a child with a devastating disease are the people best placed to decide whether mitochondrial donation is the right option for them. Parliament is to be commended for a considered and compassionate decision to give these families that choice, with proper safeguards under the UK’s internationally-admired regulatory system.”
It's already happening. The United Kingdom has voted in favor of allowing the creation of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos with DNA from three parents, instead of two — this would be done to avoid diseases inherited from maternal mitochondrial DNA. We can genetically profile embryonic cells and decide if they're fit for implantation into the womb, to avoid deadly diseases. And, parents can select embryos so that a newborn child can become a marrow donor for an ill sibling.