Professor Adam Balen, Chairman of the British Fertility Society said:

“The British Fertility Society is delighted with the positive outcome of the vote in the House of Commons allowing the use of a pioneering therapy that has been developed in Newcastle to help treat families who are affected by the devastation of inherited mitochondrial disease.”

“The treatment, which involves eggs donated from a healthy woman and the transfer of the fertilised nucleus with the genetic material from the mother and father of the affected family, will be carefully regulated by the HFEA.”

“We are very proud of the pioneering work of the team at Newcastle and wish them every success, as indeed we do to the families who are preparing for this revolutionary treatment.”

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Notes for editors:

This statement is in response to the announcement that MPs at the House of Commons have voted 382 in favour and 128 against mitochondrial donation techniques today.

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.

For more information, please contact the British Fertility Society press office:

Omar Jamshed
Media Relations Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)1454 642 244
Email: omar.jamshed@bioscientifica.com

Fiona Docherty
Media Relations Assistant
Tel: +44 (0)1454 642 244
Email: fiona.docherty@bioscientifica.com

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