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If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception. Vlad Teodor/Shutterstock

Donor conception, secrecy and the search for information

Historically, donors were told it was best they were anonymous, while recipients were told it was best not to tell their child.
Legislating for commercial surrogacy would enable Australia to overcome concerns about poorly regulated clinics overseas, such as this one in Thailand. EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

Commercial surrogacy in Australia: rethinking notions of ‘natural’

Often emphasised in discussions about children’s best interests is the idea that certain ways of having and raising children are “natural”. For example, this word appears frequently in reference to how…
What parents eat before conceiving a child affects their baby’s DNA expression. hndrk/Flickr

How your parents’ diet before your birth impacts your health

Chromosomes and genes contain the blueprint for your physical characteristics. But your parents’ health and diet before you were conceived can also affect how your genes are expressed – and impact your…

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