Scientists allowed to modify human embryos in the UK
For the first time in the UK, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has licenced Dr. Kathy Niakan's from Francis Crick Institute that they would be able to modify human embryos in their research.

"Our Licence Committee has approved an application from Dr Kathy Niakan of the Francis Crick Institute to renew her laboratory’s research licence to include gene editing of embryos. The committee has added a condition to the licence that no research using gene editing may take place until the research has received research ethics approval. As with all embryos used in research, it is illegal to transfer them to a woman for treatment" HFEA said in a statement.

Scientists also hope to gain insights into the causes of miscarriage. However, the scientists will not allowed to implant modified embryos into women. The embryos to be used in research might be donated from couples with IVF treatment and those embryos must be destroyed after two weeks.

Earlier last month, Dr Niakan told that she needs to get a licence in order to examine which genres control in development of a baby. The research will allow to examine seven days after the fertilization as well as it can help to provide information about IVF treatment. Dr Niakan also told that it could lead into insights into some causes of miscarriage.

However some scientists are worried about unforeseen consequences later in life of babies with modified genres and the possibility of 'designer' babies.
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