U.K. public OK with creating babies from 3 people to avoid genetic diseases
Published Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:18AM EDT
LONDON -- Britain's fertility and embryology regulator says it has found broad public support for in vitro fertilization techniques to allow the creation of babies with DNA from three people for couples who might otherwise face the risk of passing on certain genetic diseases.
The group began a public consultation at the government's request last year.
In a statement Wednesday, the group said it found most people "trust the scientific experts and the regulator to know when it is appropriate to make (the technologies) available to patients."
Such treatments are currently only allowed for research in the U.K.; British law forbids altering a human egg or embryo before transferring it into a woman. The regulator will pass its findings to the government, which will consider whether to propose changing the law.