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HFEA allows women to donate eggs for research

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39139.478345.DB (Published 01 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:445
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Women in the United Kingdom can donate their eggs for research, provided that they are properly informed of the risks associated with donation and are protected from coercion, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) ruled last week. They will be able to do so even if they are not undergoing fertility treatment.

    The independent regulator of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment and embryo research in the UK said in a statement, “Having considered all the information on donating eggs for research, including the risks to women and the outcomes of a public consultation, the authority has decided that women will be allowed to donate their eggs to research, both as an altruistic donor or in conjunction with their own IVF treatment.”

    Women have previously been able to …

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