ConnecteDNA – the implications of technology on donor conception anonymity

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Period22 May 2023

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  • TitleConnecteDNA – the implications of technology on donor conception anonymity
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPolicy@manchester
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionThe Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has recently sought views about reforming the law on fertility treatment regulation and embryo research. They identified a number of issues with the current legal framework, around which the public consultation was structured. In this article, Dr Caroline Redhead and Dr Lucy Frith examine one such issue, the challenge to donor anonymity caused by the availability of direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTCGT). The concern, outlined below, is that DTCGT makes it possible to circumvent the current regulatory system, designed to protect the anonymity of gamete (egg, sperm and embryo) donors until donor-conceived people reach the age of 18.
    PersonsCaroline Redhead, Lucy Frith