Hong Kong egg bank feasible within a decade

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 17 April, 2006, 12:00am

After Hong Kong's first baby conceived from a thawed frozen egg was born in 2004, doctors predicted that an egg bank could be set up here within 10 years.

The Chinese University, which had been working on freezing human eggs since 1999, said the technology was feasible, but was still in its early stages.

Assistant professor Tony Chiu Tak-yu said at the time that, before the bank could be established, there were many hurdles to overcome. These included legal, religious and moral issues relating to egg donation.

Cheung Lai-ping, an associate professor at the university, said: 'Theoretically we can do this [egg freezing] on every woman, but we don't encourage that.'

The doctors agreed that the process of egg collection was dangerous because of the need to take hormones to stimulate egg production.

The same year, mainland media reported that an egg bank had opened at Peking University First Hospital.