• Question: where do you get the ovarys to do tests on??

    Asked by bellabella1234 to Vicky on 19 Mar 2012.
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      Vicky Young answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      Hi BellaBella

      Well I mostly test on cells that originated from an ovary but we have kept them in culture flasks for years and this means we can do lots of experiments without needing ovaries. However sometimes we do get human ovaries which we can test on. These come from the hospital and are donated by people who are having them removed due to an illness or other reason. The people need to sign a form saying they are happy for scientists to test on the ovaries that are removed and we don’t get very many so they are only used in very important experiments.