Gamete donors for IVF should relinquish right of ownership to resulting embryos

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7147.1829a (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1829
  1. M R Gazvani, Research fellow,
  2. A J M Thomson, Research fellow,
  3. S J Wood, Research fellow,
  4. C R Kingsland, Director, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist,
  5. D I Lewis-Jones, Senior lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. Reproductive Medicine Unit, Liverpool Women's Hospital, Liverpool L8 7SS
  2. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Liverpool, Liverpool

    EDITORőThe Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act states that gamete donors have rights over the destiny of their gametes and any embryos resulting from their use.1 Donors are volunteers, who are given a full explanation of the use of their gametes for clinical or research purposes. After counselling, donors proceed to donation only if they are in full agreement about the use of their gametes, which extends to deciding the fate of any resulting embryos from …

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