CRIPPLING family diseases passed on from mother to child could be wiped out after a major breakthrough by scientists.
The research could change the lives of millions fated to suffer from deadly or debilitating conditions passed down through generations.
Scientists believe that if their research is developed as they hope, it will pave the way for disease-free, designer babies to be born without inherited disorders, including some heart problems. Researchers think the revolutionary IVF technique could stop the process of a mother transmitting cell defects to her child.
It has already been tried out on Rhesus monkeys, resulting in the birth of four healthy babies.
The researchers, who reported their findings online in the journal Nature, say there is no reason why the same principle should not be a success in humans.