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DESIGNER EGGS

Posted by avnerhershlag on April 4, 2010

Yes, top students reap rich rewards, even as egg donors

would-be parents want high scorers

Stephanie Ebert, Boston Globe (March 26, 2010)

The Harvard Crimson was one of three college newspapers that ran an identical classified ad seeking a woman who fit a narrow profile: younger than 29 with a GPA over 3.5 and an SAT score over 1,400. The lucky candidate stood to collect $35,000 if she donated her eggs for harvesting.

From a sample of over 300 college newspapers, findings revealed that almost one-quarter of advertisements offered payment in excess of $10,000, a violation of guidelines issued by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).

COMMENTS:

* Whether you’re trying to improve your offspring by genetic technology or by selecting a smart and/or good looking sperm or egg donor, the ethical question remain: is this right?

* The issue of PAYMENT for eggs or sperm, above and beyond the compensation given to the donor for their effort, is considered flawed and rides down the slippery slope of paying for body parts.

*But the question still remains: what’s wrong with prospective parents to try to “upgrade their child?” and how is the GAMETE DATING GAME different from the PEOPLE DATING GAME?

If you want to read more on this topic, please click on DESIGNER BABIES

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