3-Parent Babies Will Probably Be Legal in Britain Soon

February 4, 2015 8:50 PM

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3-Parent Babies Will Probably Be Legal in Britain Soon

It looks like it will soon be legal in Britain for a baby to have three parents: The Times reports that yesterday, the country’s House of Commons voted to allow in vitro fertilization using the DNA of three people. The legislation is expected to receive final approval by the House of Lords — making Britain the first country to legalize the controversial treatment.

Despite the terminology “three-parent IVF,” the technique isn’t designed with throuples in mind. Rather, the procedure is intended to prevent incurable conditions like mitochondrial disease, which, carried from mother to child, can spur ailments like diabetes, dementia, heart disease, and deafness —...

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