Healthwatch: Three Parent In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

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Britain has become the first country in the world to approve a controversial treatment known as "Three Parent" IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).  It allows couples to make babies with DNA from three different people.

After a 90 minute debate, British lawmakers said yes to creating babies using DNA from three people. The IVF technique is aimed at preventing infants from being born with certain genetic diseases, including  incurable illnesses, such as the one 4 year old Poppy inherited.

Poppy has Mitochondrial disease which can cause deadly heart problems, brain disorders and muscular dystrophy. James and Kathryn Kitto worry Poppy and her older sister Lily could one day pass the genetic disease onto their children. The goal of Three Parent IVF is to create genetically modified embryos that use healthy DNA from a female donor.

Some religious groups and critics say it’s unethical and one step closer to producing 'designer babies.' Supporters of Three Parent IVF say it’s safe and will give hope to families like the Kittos.

Experts estimate only about a dozen British women would be considered for this new technique every year. The first 3-person IVF baby could be born as soon as next year.

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Healthwatch sponsored by Mercy Health Systems.

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