London: Members of the public are being asked to give their opinion on whether a fertility treatment that eliminates hereditary disease by engineering babies to carry healthy DNA from a third biological parent should be made legal or not.It made legal families with a genetic risk of incurable conditions like muscular dystrophy can use the DNA of a third party to create healthy children, a newspaper reported.Although the resulting babies would inherit a small fraction of their DNA from the donor and not their mother or father, the procedure would spare all future generations from a host of rare and debilitating conditions.The technique is currently forbidden as a treatment, but a public consultation has been launched that will help inform a decision by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, on whether the clinical benefits outweigh any ethical concerns.
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