UK To Become the First Country to Allow Three-Person Babies
In an historic move, the MPs of United Kingdom voted for supporting the creation of children from one man and two women. During the free vote in the House of Commons, 382 MPs supported the move and 128 voted against the move.
Three person babies technique will help to prevent inheriting genetic diseases from mother. In this technique, the DNA from two women get combined with DNA from a man. The ministers described the technique as “light at the end of dark tunnel” for many families.
To make the decision legal, a further voting is required in the House of Lords. It is expected that first three person baby may possibly be born next year. The experts estimate that, each year 150 three- person babies can be expected.
According to the proponents of this technique, this move is good news for the progressive medicine. But, according to critics, this technique will cause many safety and ethical problems in the society.
Prime Minister David Cameron said that they are not trying to play God, but are making sure that people who want a healthy baby have the option to get one. To many people, this will be a life- saving decision.
The technique for three- person babies was developed in Newcastle and this method will be a great hope for many women. Sharon Bernardi, who is from Sunderland, and who has lost her seven children due to mitochondrial disease was overwhelmed by the new technique.
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell and help to convert the energy in the food we eat into useable form of energy for the body. They have separate mitochondrial DNA which does not affect the appearance of the person.
The defective mitochondria are inherited from the mother by the babies and it can cause brain damage, heart failure, muscle wasting and blindness in children.
The latest technique will use modified IVF method to combine the DNA of the parents with healthy mitochondria from donor woman.
This technique will result in producing babies with only 0.1 % DNA from the donor woman and it will make permanent change in the mitochondria that would be passed to the following generations.
Public Health Minister Jane Ellison informed the house during a debate that this is a bold step taken by the Parliament, but is a well informed and well considered step. Fiona Bruce, the MP for Congleton, feels that the change will be passed down to the generations and it is difficult to predict the implications.http://www.dailynewsz.com/uk-to-become-the-first-country-to-allow-three-person-babies/http://www.dailynewsz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/UK-To-Become-the-First-Country-to-Allow-Three-Person-Babies.jpghttp://www.dailynewsz.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/UK-To-Become-the-First-Country-to-Allow-Three-Person-Babies-150x150.jpgScienceDavid Cameron,DNA,Fiona Bruce,House of Commons,House of Lords,IVF,Jane Ellison,mitochondrial diseas,Public Health Minister,Sharon Bernardi