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Should the government allow the creation of babies using DNA from three different people?

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Last answered 1 year ago

Three Person Babies Poll Results

Yes

56,647 votes

46%

No

65,925 votes

54%

Distribution of answers submitted by UK [United Kingdom] voters.

1 Yes answers
3 No answers
0 overlapping answers

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This week Members of Parliament are likely to pass a law that would enable the UK to be the first country in the world to allow the creation of babies using DNA from 3 different people. This would overturn a law which bans altering the “germ-line,” the genetic heritage passed from one generation to the next. Scientists would be able to swap faulty genes in a woman’s mitochondria with genes from a healthy donor. This DNA is not in the nucleus so it would not affect traits from the infant’s parents and would help eliminate several genetic life threatening diseases that are passed from mother to child. If it passes parliament, clinics can apply for a license and the first baby with the procedure could be born as soon as next year. Opponents, including several religious organizations, argue that the process will open the door to genetically altered babies. Proponents argue that several scientific and ethical studies have backed the procedure and it has the support of several international health organizations.  See recent three person baby news

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