U.K. Passes Historic Vote On 3-Parent DNA Baby Procedure
The British Parliament is set to vote on whether procedures involving three parents will be allowed in the United Kingdom.By Jake Godin | February 3, 2015
On Tuesday, members of the British parliament set their country on the path to making history by passing an amendment that will allow children to have not two, but three parents.
You may be wondering how that’s even possible. Essentially, doctors can now perform a procedure that will replace a mother’s mitochondrial DNA, or mDNA, with that of a second mother.
The goal is to avoid mothers passing on a wide range of debilitating diseases to their children through faulty mitochondria. (Video via Wellcome Trust)