Mitochondrial Donation - One-off evidence session

One-off evidence session on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Following public consultations, an ethical review by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and scientific reviews by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Government has decided to proceed with putting regulations before Parliament for the introduction of mitochondrial donation. The Science and Technology Committee held a one-off evidence session to consider the science of mitochondrial donation on Wednesday 22 October when they will hear from the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, and experts in the field.

Announcing the one-off session, Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Committee, said:

“It is right that the safety and efficacy of mitochondrial replacement techniques are subject to scrutiny in the House. As the Science and Technology Committee, we consider it important that we take the opportunity to scrutinise further the scientific evidence on mitochondrial donation”.

Correspondence received relating to the evidence hearing on 22 October 2014 (PDF 990 KB)



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  • 22 Oct 2014 - Mitochondrial donation - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF321 KB) HC 730 | Published 27 Oct 2014

    Evidence given by Professor Doug Turnbull, Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research,Professor Peter Braude, King's College London, Professor Robin Lovell Badge, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Dr Edward Morrow, Senior Research Fellow, University of Sussex; Peter Thompson, Chief Executive, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Robert Meadowcroft, Chief Executive, Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Professor Jonathan Montgomery, Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, and Professor of Health Care Law, University College London; Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health, and Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health