Are babies made from the genes of three people ethical?  An influential panel of experts has concluded the answer could be yes, according to recent studies.

“I think it’s a great step in the right direction,” Mark Sauer, MD, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center who is a member of one of the teams, said of the National Academies report in an interview before the FDA issued its statement. Sauer called the report more of a “yellow light” than a ”green light,” because of the long list of caveats and cautions. But that is “better than a red light,” he says.

“Most importantly to us is that it allows the work to continue to hopefully produce children without disorders,” Sauer says. But Sauer said he was disappointed when he learned of the FDA’s response.

What was that response? Read the full report at NPR interview MVS Feb 3 2016.