Following the Parliament’s vote to allow mitochondrial replacement in February 2015, today the UK’s fertility regulator, HFEA, has given the green light for the introduction of mitochondrial replacement techniques into clinical practice.

The Biochemical Society applauds the HFEA’s decision and hope it will help many affected families overcome mitochondrial disorders.

Responding to the HFEA decision this morning, Biochemical Society Executive Committee Chair, Steve Busby, said:

“We are delighted by today's decision by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to approve the introduction of mitochondrial replacement techniques into clinical practice and fully support it.

This decision was of historic importance as UK becomes first country in the world to give go ahead to formally licence the technology.

This therapy would not be available were it not for the fundamental and translational molecular bioscience research on which it is built. A strong research base in biochemistry and molecular and cell biology is a core part of ensuring that we continue to address the challenge of improving human health across the globe.”

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