British lawmakers vote to allow embryos to be altered using DNA of three people

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LONDON  – On Tuesday, British lawmakers voted in favor of allowing a pioneering technique to create babies from the DNA of three people.

The move makes Britain the first in the world to allow embryos to be modified in this way.

The idea is to stop mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their children.

Opponents insist the techniques cross a fundamental boundary, saying once that line is crossed, it’s very hard to stop going down the slippery slope to designer babies.

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