Dr Fiona McCallum, a psychologist from the University of Warwick, said: "I am very much in favour of mitochondrial donation, and would endorse its implementation.
"This is not something that has been rushed into; the HFEA has conducted three scientific reviews, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics has looked carefully at the ethical implications.
"Furthermore, a public consultation found general support for permitting mitochondrial replacement, on the condition that the appropriate safeguards are in place.
"Psychologically, I see this as presenting no more potential difficulties than the assisted reproductive technologies already allowed; research consistently shows children conceived through fertility treatment are generally well-adjusted with good family relationships."
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