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Innovative genetic treatment to prevent mitochondrial disease

Public consultation expected on draft regulations for IVF-based techniques to prevent mitochondrial disease later this year.

Innovative IVF-based techniques could be made available to patients to help prevent serious mitochondrial disease in the UK, chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies announced today.

One in 6,500 babies is born with mitochondrial disorder which can lead to serious problems such as heart and liver disease and respiratory problems. Following a public consultation in which there was overall support for the treatment, which could save around 10 lives each year, the decision was taken to publish draft regulations later this year in a further public consultation.