Statement regarding research into mitochondrial disease published in the journal Nature

“We welcome this announcement about research we have licensed. This is a major breakthrough and we will continue to follow these scientific developments closely. However, before this technique could be used in treatment there would need to be a change in the law.”

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Notes to editors

  • The HFEA is the independent regulator for IVF treatment and embryo research. Our role is to protect patients and the public interest, to drive improvement in the treatment and research sectors and to provide information to the public and policymakers about treatment and research.
  • The HFEA was set up in August 1991 as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.  The HFEA’s principal tasks are to license and monitor clinics that carry out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), artificial insemination (AI) and human embryo research. The HFEA also regulates the storage of gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos.

For further information please contact the HFEA press office on 020 7291 8226 or email press.office@hfea.gov.uk

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