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The ethical allocation of gametes donated for the purpose of fertility treatment

Investigator: Dr Simon Jenkins (Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Studentship 2010 – 2013)
Supervisors: Professor Heather Draper (lead & grant holder), Dr Jonathan Ives & Dr Sue Avery


The demand for human gametes donated for reproductive purposes exceeds supply. Currently, clinics make their own decisions about who to accept onto waiting lists for donated sperm and eggs, and how to allocate these to those who are waiting. This project combined qualitative data with philosophical analysis to determine the allocation criteria that are currently being used by clinics in the UK, and to establish guidelines for which criteria ought to be used inthe future.

Further Information

For more information about this research, please feel free to contact us:

Heather Draper – H dot Draper at warwick dot ac dot uk +44 (0)2476 150347
Simon Jenkins – s dot jenkins dot 4 at warwick dot ac dot uk +44 (0)2476 575851

Publication from this project

Jenkins, S. Ives, J., Avery, S., Draper, H. Who gets and gametes? An argument for a points system for fertility patients. Bioethics 2018 32: 16-26 (Open Access)

This research was funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Studentship (in collaboration with the Assisted Conception Unit, Birmingham Women’s Hospital).

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