funding Professor Sir Doug Turnbull and his team at Newcastle University, who have pioneered the technique for the past decade.
"It’s right there has been such a thorough process to get to this stage," said Jeremy Farrar. "Our long-term support for the science, and close coordination with patient groups, policy makers and regulators have been critical in reaching today’s outcome.
"We must recognise, though, that for some affected families this decision may have come too late. The scientific community must continue to work closely with policy and the regulatory system so future innovative, cutting-edge techniques reach patients faster."