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UK is set to allow mitochondrial donation after MPs vote in favour

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h657
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The United Kingdom is on course to become the first country to allow in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to create babies using biological material from three people to prevent serious inherited disease, after MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the procedure.

The House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to approve regulations allowing mitochondrial donation, after MPs were given a free vote of conscience on the issue. The Conservative led government and the Labour front bench both made clear that they saw the move as an important scientific advance for families that are blighted by mitochondrial disease and that it did not amount to …

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