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  IT TAKES MORE THAN TWO    

'When It Takes More Than Two' is a Progress Educational Trust (PET) project supported by the Wellcome Trust, which seeks to clarify public and professional understanding of donor conception by focusing on the different parties involved - the donor, the recipient parent and the donor-conceived person.
To date, the project has involved three public events at University College London (UCL), an online poll which elicited 802 responses, and the creation of various text and audio materials which have been made available for free below.

Giving: The Gamete Donor Perspective
The 'Giving: The Gamete Donor Perspective' event took place at UCL on Wednesday 12 December 2012.
A podcast in which James Brooks interviews panel speaker Dr Allan Pacey about the themes of the event, can be listened to using the player below or alternatively can be downloaded by clicking here (.mp3 5.46MB).
 
The perspectives of two sperm donors are presented in the following case studies.
Altruism was not my main motivation: Ben's story
I wanted to leave a legacy after my partner and I realised we couldn't conceive: Henry's story
A synopsis of the proceedings of the 'Giving' event (by Antony Blackburn-Starza) can be found on PET's BioNews publication here.

Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective
The 'Receiving: The Recipient Parent Perspective' event took place at UCL on Thursday 24 January 2013.
A podcast in which James Brooks interviews members of the speaker panel about the themes of the event can be listened to using the player below, or alternatively can be downloaded by clicking here (.mp3 9.85MB).
 
The perspectives of two women who conceived using donated eggs are presented in the following case studies.
My children don't have to be a reflection of me: Julia's story
We wanted our children to know their donors: Kate's story
A synopsis of the proceedings of the 'Receiving' event (by Cait McDonagh) can be found on PET's BioNews publication here.

Being: The Donor-Conceived Perspective
The 'Being: The Donor-Conceived Perspective' event took place at UCL on Thursday 28 February 2013.
A podcast in which James Brooks interviews members of the speaker panel about the themes of the event can be listened to using the player below, or alternatively can be downloaded by clicking here (.mp3 13.8MB).
 
The perspective of a donor-conceived man is presented in the following case study.
It's just always been there, I've never known any different: Oliver's story
A synopsis of the proceedings of the 'Being' event (by Cait McDonagh) can be found on PET's BioNews publication here.

Poll
The 'When It Takes More Than Two' poll was conducted via PET's BioNews publication throughout March and April 2013. The results of the poll are discussed in the following two articles by Sandy Starr:
What you think about donor conception
Your thoughts about donor conception, conditionality and adoption

Factsheet: What's hereditary and what's not?
This Factsheet provides a brief guide to heredity as it relates to donor conception.

Glossary
This Glossary provides brief definitions of terms used in the materials above.

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