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BioNews Comment articles written by Olivia Montuschi:

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Response to Ben Saer
20 May 2013 - by Olivia Montuschi
In addressing egg-donation dad-to-be Ben Saer's points in his BioNews article, it is hard to know where to start. Good parenting is of course supportive and protective, but it does not resolve the desire of some people to know more about who helped create them... [Read More]
Not your child's biological parent? You may still have an influence on their genes
3 August 2009 - by Olivia Montuschi
I am not a scientist. My life-long field of interest has always been human development and relationships. But, as a parent of two donor-conceived young adults and Manager of the Donor Conception Network (DC Network), I also have more than a passing curiosity about the extent of the influence of genetic inheritance on an individual's way of being in the world. Having met adult half-siblings of one of the earliest sperm donors I have been shocked by the likeness of intelligence and speec
Telling donor conceived children about their origins
7 November 2005 - by Olivia Montuschi
At long last, the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has finally come off the fence about the need for parents of donor conceived children to tell them about their origins. Buried in its review of the Welfare of the Child the Authority has signalled a change to its... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Olivia Montuschi:

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Radio Review: Surrogacy in The Archers
29 January 2018 - by Olivia Montuschi
For some unknown reason rooted in the mists of time I am addicted to The Archers, the not-so-everyday story of country folk that has been running on Radio 4 at 7pm every day except Saturday pretty much for ever... [Read More]
Radio Review: The New Viking Invasion
14 July 2014 - by Olivia Montuschi
Danish sperm accounts for a third of the sperm imported into the UK. But does it matter that so many children are being created with 'Viking' sperm?... [Read More]