Push for Three-Parent Technique in Australia to Save Babies from Mitochondrial Disease

September 22, 2017

(Australian Broadcasting Co) – Scientists are pushing to overhaul human cloning laws in Australia so they can use DNA from three different people to create a baby when there is a risk of the child inheriting the debilitating and potentially fatal mitochondrial disease. Known as the three-parent procedure, it involves replacing a small amount of a mother’s DNA with the DNA of a third parent. But that would require the Australian Government to review human cloning laws — something that has already been done in the United Kingdom.