Wellcome Trust Centre For Mitochondrial Research

Egg Donation

Give the gift of life

Mitochondrial egg donors are needed to prevent serious forms of mitochondrial disease being passed from a mother to her child. If you would like to give the gift of life

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What is mitochondrial disease?

Mitochondrial disease is the name of a group of genetic disorders that occur when the body cannot make enough energy.  Mitochondrial diseases can be devastating and can cut lives tragically short. There is no cure.

What is mitochondrial donation?

Mitochondrial donation is a new IVF treatment that can prevent a mother passing some forms of mitochondrial disease on to her children. The technique requires donor eggs from healthy women.

How is this different to egg donation?

Mitochondrial egg donation is different to standard egg donation because the genes that make you who you are, such as your hair colour, eye colour, personality, are  removed from the donor egg as part of the procedure. Only the genes found in your mitochondria that are needed to make energy are passed to the baby.

Why become a mitochondrial egg donor?

By donating your eggs to a woman affected by mitochondrial disease, you give her the chance of passing her genes onto a healthy baby.

Will I be genetically related to any child born by mitochondrial donation?

Any child born by mitochondrial donation will have a small number of genes from you – the genes that are needed for the body to make energy. This genetic information does not define any personal characteristics and you will not be the genetic parent of the child.

Will I remain anonymous?

Mitochondrial egg donors have no rights or responsibilities for a child born by mitochondrial donation and you will remain anonymous. Only non-identifying information about you can be accessed by the child.

Is there financial compensation?

There is financial compensation of up to £750 for every completed mitochondrial egg donation cycle. This is to cover any financial losses that you may incur while completing the donation process.

If you would like to give the gift of life and be considered as a mitochondrial egg donor, please contact us for more information

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