Donate women’s unused eggs to research instead of rubbish bin, bioethicists propose

Donate women’s unused eggs to research instead of rubbish bin, bioethicists propose

Unclaimed eggs in IVF clinic freezers should be donated by default to a highly anticipated research project that would help women with mitochondrial disease conceive their own healthy children, bioethicists say. Monash Bioethics Centre director Professor Catherine Mills said an opt-out consent process would help ease Australia’s donor egg shortage by automatically allocating unwanted frozen eggs to government-funded research aimed at perfecting a type of assisted reproductive technology, called mitochondrial donation – also known as three-parent IVF. Under the current system, if a woman hasn’t used her stored eggs after 10 years she has the option of extending their storage, donating them to help another would-be parent conceive, or having them discarded. If a woman can’t be contacted at the 10-year mark her eggs are automatically discarded. “These eggs are …
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