Professor Adam Balen, Chairman of the British Fertility Society said:
“Mitochondrial disease results in an incurable, debilitating illness that affects all parts of the body, in particular leading to loss of function of the muscles, brain, heart and other organs, which in severe cases leads to progressive weakness, blindness, deafness, dementia and death at an early age.”
“Mitochondrial donation technology enables families affected by mitochondrial disease to have healthy children. This science behind this technology has been rigorously developed and the subject of external scientific, ethical and legal scrutiny. In addition there has been enormous public support through consultations conducted by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) which will also ensure tight regulation going forward.”
“The British Fertility Society urges the Government to pass legislation enabling this vital treatment to be available to the families who so desperately require it.”
Notes for editors:
This statement is in response to the announcement of a debate at the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation scheduled for Tuesday 3 February 2015.
A joint briefing prepared by the Progress Educational Trust and the British Fertility Society on the science of mitochondrial donation is available here.
A joint briefing prepared by the Progress Educational Trust and the British Fertility Society on the ethics of mitochondrial donation is available here.
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