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.