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The UK has now become the first country to approve laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

Following the breakthrough of the House of Commons vote in the UK earlier this year, mitochondrial replacement IVF techniques has passed its final legislative obstacle after being approved by the House of Lords in the last week of February.

In the debate, health minister Lord Howe said there was an opportunity to offer “real hope” to families. The UK is the first country to approve the procedure. The whole international mitochondrial community will now closely watch the developments in the UK. The first families will soon be treated by the Newcastle researchers. The effectiveness and safety of the procedures will attract a lot of scientific attention.

IMP has been a strong supporter and advocate for the mitochondrial replacement IVF techniques. In close cooperation with the British patient organizations support has been given to the discussions. IMP will keep you informed about this issue.

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