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The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has approved the creation of babies using the DNA from three people -
The process involves the transference of the ooplasm from a healthy donor egg into a faulty maternal egg. This process may result in the child inheriting the DNA of three individuals: the father, the mother and the donor. The first child created through this technique could be born by the end of 2017.
Despite the procedure being legal and HFEA claiming that is ethical and scientifically sound, deep concerns are being raised about this controversial new technique. For example, SPUC (the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) has strongly criticised the decision saying that the procedure not only shows a lack of respect for human life and reproduction, but also raises very serious concerns about safety. Bioethicist Dr Anthony McCarthy, of SPUC, has said: "It comes as little surprise that the HFEA has approved the creation of 'three-
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A diagrammatic explanation of mitochondrial replacement may be found here.