With so much resting on the outcome of the two grants DCN has applied for, and the results of these applications due in the first couple of weeks in March, it seems like an odd time to be away. But Walter has been having a course of medical treatment and when this was organised back in the autumn it seemed like a sunshine break would be a way to celebrate the ending of this and aid recovery, if that was necessary. As it turns out he has tolerated it enormously well and so instead of simply reading in the sunshine we expect to be exploring the island and trekking up and down the hills and valleys of La Gomera in the Canary Islands from Friday of this week. We will keep in touch with the office and hope very much that we will be able to raise a glass of something suitably Spanish to the success of at least one of our bids. I will report back on our return on this and hopefully also on the HFEA consultation, the make-up of the Nuffield Council on Bio-Ethics committee on Donor Conception and Information and anything else of interest that has emerged during our absence. In the meantime this is my last blog till probably the 11th or 12th March. Happy reading of back posts in the meantime.
STOP PRESS: Just heard this evening that no donor conceived adult or parent of a donor conceived person is to be added to the Donor Conception and Information enquiry set up by the Nuffield Council on BioEthics. First response unprintable. More considered one when we return from the Canaries.