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Dozens of young adults born via sperm or egg donation will be able to find out their biological origins in the coming weeks, with the first just days away from being able to apply to find out more information about their donor, health officials have said.

Changes to the donor anonymity law will mean that most donor-conceived young adults born after a certain date will be able to discover the people whose donations led to their conception.

The first people will become eligible to apply to the UK fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), for this information in October.

The regulator said about 30 donor-conceived 18-year-olds would become eligible to find their donor between October and December.

The changes will make it possible for most people conceived from egg, sperm or embryo donations made after 1 April 2005 to request identifiable information after they turn 18. This includes their donor’s full name, date of birth and last known address.

Data from the HFEA shows that by the end of 2024 more than 700 donor-conceived people will be...