In Vitro Fertilisation

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Lord Alton of Liverpool Lord Alton of Liverpool Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role played by mitochondria in the development of an organism; and what they consider to be the implications of that assessment for mitochondrial replacement techniques.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

As the noble Lord is aware, the Government commissioned the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to convene an Expert Panel to review the science related to mitochondrial donation and the proposed donation techniques. The Panel produced reports on this in April 2011, March 2013 and June 2014. A description of the role of mitochondria can be found at paragraph 2.1 of the Expert Panel’s April 2011 scientific report. This can be found on the HFEA’s website at:

www.hfea.gov.uk/6372.html

The latest assessment of mitochondrial replacement techniques, carried out earlier this year by the Expert Panel, can be found at:

www.hfea.gov.uk/8807.html

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