WE WILL SOON LIVE IN A WORLD
OF “DESIGNER” BABIES
In February 2015, Britain became the ﬁrst country to allow
a “three-parent” IVF technique that has the potential to prevent
inherited mitochondrial diseases. The process combines DNA
from the parents with healthy mitochondria from a female donor.
Scientists at the University of Bath were able to
precisely edit mouse DNA at the point of conception,
a ﬁrst step toward allowing human parents to choose
their children’s genetic codes.
1 in 6,500
Number of babies
born with mitochondrial