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A recent change in UK law will allow people born from sperm or egg donors who turn 18 to access information about their donor's identity. 

Twins Matthew and Phoebe Betts, who have known about their conception through a sperm donor since they were two, are among those eagerly awaiting this change.

They will soon have the option to find out their donor's name and last-known address, along with other details. The change in the law affects individuals born after 2005 when legislation removed donor anonymity. 

By the end of 2024, approximately 766 young people will reach 18 and have the opportunity to request identifying information about their donors, rising to nearly 11,500 by 2030. 

However, those born before 2005 must rely on home DNA testing kits or the possibility that donors voluntarily reveal their identities through the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

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