28th April 2011
A controversial IVF treatment which involves moving part of the egg into another donor egg could soon be approved, after scientific review found no evidence that the procedure was unsafe.
Three-parent IVF involved taking the nucleus of a woman's egg, which carries 99 per cent of genetic material, and moving it into another donor before it is implanted in the mother's womb, in a bid to avoid passing on severe inherited genetic conditions which are carried in the cytoplasm around the egg.
The resultant child would still have 99 per cent of their parent's genes, despite the use of the donor.
Organisations in support of the process are now petitioning health secretary Andrew Lansley to draw up regulations so it can be introduced.
Contributor Professor Sir John Bell, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: "We consider it essential that UK patients should benefit from treatments resulting from research conducted here."
Critics have opposed the procedure on ethical grounds, saying that it is just another contributor to the death of hundreds of human embryos which is brought about by IVF.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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