By Nick Collins, Telegraph
Although many people registered ethical concerns about the process, most of those who responded to the consultation said it was justified if further tests prove the technique is safe and can eliminate the risk of genetic conditions like muscular dystrophy.
By removing faulty DNA from the mitochondria, which is always inherited from the mother, experts believe the child and future generations could be spared from a collection of devastating hereditary diseases affecting the heart, muscles and brain.
The Department of Health, which ordered the consultation last year, must now decide whether to make Britain the first country in the world to permit the treatment, paving the way for its use in clinics.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which carried out the consultation, advised ministers that if they do legalise the therapy, donors and patients should remain anonymous and have no right to contact one another.