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MPs say yes to three-person babies

 

Public Health Minister Jane Ellison: “This is a bold step”

MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man, in a historic move.

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

During the debate, ministers said the technique was “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for families.

embryo light micrograph
baby DNA – embryo light micrograph

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Label wars: GDA vs traffic lights

Traffic Lights

Some of the UK's major food manufacturers are launching a £4m food labelling campaign using a guideline daily amounts (GDA) system, where the labels show percentages of sugar, salt, fat and calories in each serving.

Other companies use the Food Standard Agency-approved traffic-light labels, where green is good and red warns shoppers not to consume too much.

TRAFFIC LIGHT LABELLING

Sainsbury, Asda and Waitrose, the Co-Op and Marks and Spencer have all opted for a traffic-light label.

This is the system the Food Standards Agency would like the whole industry to adopt.

(note: Unfortunately, the food lobbies won the war and the simpler labeling using Traffic Lights was rejected – Author – The Book of Threes)

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