Three-parent babies 'risk future of human race'The group of Italian politicians have called on the House of Lords to reject a law to allow so-called three-parent babies – stating the notion “cannot possibly be contained within the confines of the United Kingdom”. The stern warning comes after MPs in Britain voted overwhelmingly in favour of the controversial technique of mitochondrial donation – which would allow children to be conceived with genetic material from a trio of individuals. In a strongly worded letter to The Times, the Italian Mps wrote that the legalisation of such a technique “could have uncontrollable and unforeseeable consequences, affecting future generations and modifying genetic heritage in an irreversible way, inevitably affecting the human species as a whole”. The letter also argues that “the greater part of the scientific community maintain that the scientific data currently available is insufficient to even consider intervention on human subjects, and there cannot therefore be any guarantee for the safety of any eventual off-spring”.  However, their claim has since been rejected by the Wellcome Trust, a charity which has supported much of the research into mitochondrial donation. Nancy Lee, the senior policy adviser at Wellcome Trust, said: “It is not true that the global scientific community is opposed to mitochondrial donation. “In fact, 40 of the world’s leading scientists and ethicists in the field, from 14 countries, regularly urged the UK to back regulations allowing the technique and a different expert group including five Nobel laureates have written to The Times to express their support. “While it is never possible to be 100 per cent certain that any new medical procedure is safe when first used in humans, three expert scientific reviews have found no safety reasons not to proceed.”  Earlier this month, MPs voted 382 to 128 in favour of an amendment to the 2008 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, which will allow the creation of IVF babies with DNA from three different people. Mitochondrial donation techniques aimed at preventing serious inherited diseases will now be legalised, subject to any amendments made in the House of Lords. MORE