This chapter explores the type of new kinship that is created through the use of third-party gametes: the one created between parent and child and, in two-parent families, the development of new connections between partners who must now see themselves as parents as well as intimate partners. Having a child changes the relationship between the parents, so, when a donor-conceived family is created, not only does this form a new parent–child relationship, but it also can transform the bonds between the parents. The first part of the chapter explores donor-gamete shopping as a way of appreciating the complicated status of genes. The second part examines how gametes from a third party can foster ties between a family.
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