UK: Mitochondrial DNA donors granted anonymity in draft legislation

Rachel Brown reports:

Regulations to legalise and govern the use of mitochondrial donation techniques have been laid down before the UK Parliament.


The draft regulations state that fertility clinics will require a new licence to offer the techniques. They also state that it will be up to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to decide whether a treatment can go ahead on a case-by-case basis. Under the proposed regulations, children born from mitochondrial donation will have no right to identifying information about the mitochondrial donor.

This contrasts with rules that allow children born from egg, sperm and embryo donation to access identifying information on donors when they turn 18.


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