UK’s First ‘Three-Parent Baby’ Crosses Ethical Line, Says CARE
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A Christian charity has said it is concerned about safety and the ethics of new biotechnology after the birth of the UK’s first baby that has the DNA of three people.

Mitochondrial donation treatment (MDT) uses healthy mitochondria from a female donor and is intended to prevent the transfer of incurable diseases from parents to children. 

James Mildred, of Christian charity CARE, said the advent of MDT was “a source of some concern” and that an “ethical line” has been crossed.

He said there were a number of questions around the psychological impact on children and whether the development of MDT might lead to “designer babies”.

“Evidence suggests that transferring nuclear DNA into a host donor egg cell is unsafe and could impact future generations,” he said.

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