Top Ten Tips for Donating Spare Embryos to Research
- The patient is
usually the one that must contact the lab or tissue bank to
- Embryos at all
developmental stages can be donated to research.
- Different types
of research need embryos, including stem cell, infertility, disease
treatment, and embryo development.
- You can request
the type of research you want, but it may be best not to put too
many restrictions on the specific type of disease, especially if
you are donating for stem cell research.
- Shipping is
usually paid for by the lab or tissue bank. May have to wait until
there are more than 2 to 3 patients from your clinic that are
donating since the tissue banks prefer to ship more than a few at a
time to save shipping cost. You usually do not
pay storage/cryopreservation cost after you give you consent to
- It is possible
to donate if the embryos were created using donor egg or sperm, but
there may be restrictions on the type of research.
Ask at the tissue bank.
- Probably not
possible to donate to research if you live in a state that
prohibits research on embryos even if the tissue bank or lab you
are donating to is located in a state that permits research on
embryos. Check State laws on embryo disposition that are tracked by
the National Conference of State Legislatures.
- You should not
receive payment for donating your embryos.
- Even embryos of
poor quality can be used for some types of research such as
studying why some embryos thrive and others do not. Probably will
not be used for developing stem cell lines.
- The tissue bank
coordinator is the best person to ask specific
questions. They know the nitty gritty of
donating embryos to research better than anyone. Names, telephone
numbers, and email addresses are included on our
List of Laboratories and Tissue Banks that Accept Donated