We are opposed, in principle, to mitochondrial transfer. The baseline of our view is that it is wrong to use human embryos as means to ends, and we have deep ethical concerns about the permanent modification of the human germline.

There was a public consultation in May 2014 our full submission can be read here

Further information

The subject of 3 parent babies and the genetic modification of humans via mitochondrial donation has received much media coverage over recent years. Below are a selection of blogposts and articles which further explore the opposing arguments to legalising these procedures:

Videos about three parent babies

The following debate, although covering genetic modification of humans in general, is of interest as both sides make significant reference to the proposed interventions for mitochondrial disease as an example of genetic modification

and from our blog

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