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Poll: Do you agree with IVF treatment that uses genes from three parents?

The UK has given it a green light. What do you think of the scientific breakthrough?

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IN A LANDMARK decision, the British government has given the go-ahead to pioneering IVF treatment which uses genetic material from three adults.

The scientific and medical breakthroughs will allow defective genes to be substituted out of the mother’s egg. It will be replaced with material from a ‘second mother’ before being fertilised with sperm from the biological father.

It could lead to a child being born without inheriting the genetic problems – more specifically mitochondrial disorders including diabetes, deafness, chronic visual loss, intestinal disease and epilepsy - that they would otherwise have taken from their birth mother.

Opponents of the development believe the practice is unethical and could set the UK on a “slippery slope”.

Today, we want to know: Do you agree with IVF treatment that uses genes from three parents?

Poll Results:

No (1340)
I'm not sure (956)
Yes (838)

Read: UK government clears plans to allow ‘babies with three parents’

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