20/04/2011 12:14 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Three Parent IVF Families To Get The Go-Ahead


A controversial IVF technique which leaves babies with THREE biological parents has been backed by fertility watchdogs.

The procedure uses DNA from one man and two women to override genes which could cause fatal genetic illnesses. The resulting baby would then be made up of two per cent of DNA from an egg donor, and 98% from his father and female partner.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has ruled the procedure is 'potentially useful', with experts reporting it could help those who were at risk of passing on deadly genetic diseases, but called for more research to ensure it was safe.

Its report into three-way IVF said: 'Although optimistic about the potential, the panel recommends a cautious approach. It advises that research is carried out before the techniques can be considered safe and effective.'

Critics of the treatment slammed the idea, claiming it was 'experimenting with human life'. Josephine Quintavalle of Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: 'I don't think we can start experimenting with human life. We have got so much to learn before we rush ahead with highly experimental procedures.'

What do you think?
Are procedures like this playing God and meddling with nature, or should we be doing all we can to extend and push the boundaries of IVF?