'Three-parent' babies: UK clinic gets OK for groundbreaking technique

The IVF technique involves replacing the mom's faulty mitochondria with another's healthy mitochondria.

Story highlights

  • UK health regulator approves use of the technique by Newcastle University clinic
  • Expert: Treatment to reduce risk of mothers transmitting disease to their children

(CNN)UK scientists have been given the go-ahead to carry out a treatment that will make it possible for babies to be made from two women and a man.

The UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority, gave the green light to the technique in December -- and has now agreed to its use by a clinic at Newcastle University.
Known as mitochondrial donation, the in vitro fertilization technique involves replacing faulty mitochondria inherited from the mother with the healthy mitochondria of another woman as a way of preventing