Publication details for Dr Shaun D PattinsonPattinson, Shaun D. (2012). The Value of Bodily Material: Acquiring and Allocating Human Gametes. Medical Law Review 20(4): 576-603.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 0967-0742, 1464-3790
- DOI: 10.1093/medlaw/fws005
- View online: Online version
- Durham research online: DRO record
Author(s) from Durham
The UK is facing increasing demand for sperm and eggs for use in medical treatment and research. The disparity between supply and demand has led a number of UK bodies to recommend the adoption of a national donation system, at least with regard to gamete donation for treatment. This article argues that a national gamete donation system would have benefits beyond those articulated by bodies such as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the British Fertility Society and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, because a system of this type could facilitate the legal and ethical implementation of donor incentives. Three types of incentive are explored and it is argued that a national donation system could and should be utilised to implement a mirror exchange scheme or, preferably, an indirect mirror exchange scheme.