Should egg and sperm donation between relatives be allowed?

23 January 2011

It is suggested that situations that are further removed from those that might occur legally and without artificial intervention cause the most public unease. The HFEA proposes options such as prohibiting the mixing of sperm and eggs between close genetic relatives, or going further and prohibiting the mixing of sperm and eggs between any close relatives, such as would be prohibited from sexual relations by incest laws. As technology advances and more things become possible, debating the ethical issues of what society considers desirable, or even acceptable, becomes increasingly important. 

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