Britain agrees to license three-parent IVF babies to prevent disease


LONDON, (Reuters) - Britain on Thursday became the first country to formally license an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment designed to create babies from three people.

Critics of the treatment say it is a dangerous step that will lead to the creation of genetically modified “designer babies”.

In a long-awaited decision, Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) gave the final go-ahead for the treatment known as mitochondrial transfer, which doctors say could help prevent incurable inherited diseases.

Britain’s parliament voted last year to change the law to allow the treatments if and when they were ready for licensing. This latest HFEA decision means the first babies created by the technique in Britain could be born in 2017.



How much longer before a full blown Brave New World as Mr. Huxley envisioned or a world as shown in Gattaca?
Science-Fiction - not so much fiction anymore!


That book was my first thought when I read the title.


Required reading in my AP-English class so many decades ago…
Should have been required reading for all English classes back then, and imho, now; however, I’m sure it’s not politically correct in today’s society nor would Animal Farm or Fahrenheit 451

hmmm where’s my soma
“The service had begun. The dedicated soma tablets were placed in the center of the table. The loving cup of strawberry ice-cream soma was passed from hand to hand and, with the formula, “I drink to my annihilation,” twelve times quaffed.”


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