Experts: Three-parent babies are okay

Such “three-parent” babies could be a way for people with a high risk of rare, devastating genetic diseases to have healthy children that are genetically their own, the National Academy of Medicine panel said.

The Food and Drug Administration should carefully regulate such experiments, the panel said in a report.

And at first, the panel advised, only male embryos should be made this way until it’s clear that dangerous mutations would not be passed down to future generations.

“This will be an amazing breakthrough, benefiting patients who otherwise could not have healthy, genetically related children,” said Dr. Owen Davis, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.