Three-Person IVF to Prevent Mito Disease – Does the Australian Senate Think that's a Good Idea?
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More than one child born each week in Australia will suffer from mitochondrial DNA disease, which often causes death in infancy. Mitochondrial DNA is not like the rest of our regular genes and is inherited only from our mother. Mitochondrial donation is an IVF approach that involves using a donor egg to provide healthy mitochondrial DNA for the parent’s nuclear genes. The UK government legalised this approach after a series of reviews on its utility, safety and relevant ethical issues. An Australian Senate Inquiry has now reported on these issues and is on a pathway to considering legislative change in Australia to enable affected families to have a child without mitochondrial disease.