By Ayesha Ahmad Appeared in BioNews The Danish Government is currently reviewing its guidelines on sperm donation policies following the discovery that a donor has passed on a rare genetic condition to at least five children. The donor, known only as 'donor ', is believed to have fathered 43 children in ten countries, and had his sperm distributed to 14 clinics. Of the 43 children conceived using the donor's sperm, at least five have inherited the nerve disorder Neurofibromatosis type 1 NF1 also known as Von Recklinghausen's disease. NF1 is caused by a genetic mutation that shows autosomal dominant inheritance , such that children of a parent carrying this mutation have a fifty percent chance of inheriting the disorder. However in some cases of the disease, the mutation is not inherited from the parents and arises spontaneously. NF1 is a condition that is characterised by benign tumours, bone deformity, high blood pressure and learning difficulties.
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The technological advancements pertaining to assistive reproduction, increasing number of countries legalizing same-sex marriage, and growing government support toward sperm donation and donor offspring in various countries are some of the crucial factors expected to boost the market over the forecast period. In , North America held majority of the revenue share of the sperm bank market. The presence of large number of sperm banks and registered laboratories in North America is one of the key factors that can be accounted for the largest share. The regulations for sperm donation vary as per country; most of the countries have limit on the number of donor off springs and prohibition on the sperm usage of a deceased donor. The increasing prevalence of infertility has led to huge demand for sperms and the presence of favorable government policies pertaining sperm donation and donor offspring are among some of the key factors anticipated to boost the market over the forecast period.
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