COMMENT: Is egg freezing a scam?

Miriam Zoll | 01 March 2014 |
tags: commercialization, egg freezing, IVF
Do consumers know what they are signing up for?

Evidence-based medicine comes under attack

Michael Cook | 08 February 2014 |
tags: commercialization, evidence-based medicine
UK critics claim that it is not transparent and tainted by commercial interests.

Wet nursing is a cow of a job, say bioethicists

Michael Cook | 17 August 2013 |
tags: commercialization, surrogacy, wet nursing
Now that gay marriage has become legal in France, there may be commercial opportunities for commercial wet nurses.

Big business cashing in on reproductive services boom

Xavier Symons | 25 May 2013 |
tags: commercialization, IVF
The cliché “bundles of joy” has two meanings in the assisted reproduction industry: babies and cash. Keen businessmen are scrambling to take advantage of this burgeoning area of the health sector.

Why not buy and sell embryos, ask scholars in NEJM

Michael Cook | 20 April 2013 |
tags: commercialization, commodification of babies, I. Glenn Cohen, IVF
Why can’t embryos be bought and sold like any other commodity? Making this unsettling proposal is less surprising than where it was made – in the America’s leading medical journal, the New England Journal of Medicine.

Surrogate refuses $10,000 to abort child

Xavier Symons | 07 March 2013 |
tags: commercialization, surrogacy
A Connecticut couple offered their surrogate mother US$10,000 to abort their baby because it had major defects.

One thing is the theory. Another is real life.

Michael Cook | 01 December 2012 |
tags: bioethics, commercialization, insider trading
Former bioethics student involved in insider trading scandal

Ethics debate over “cheap” embryos

Jared Yee | 23 November 2012 |
tags: assisted reproduction, commercialization, IVF
Dr Ernest Zeringue, a California-based fertility specialist, has found a way to overcome the most common obstacle between prospective IVF parents and their offspring -- the high price.

Surrogacy, now big business in southern California

Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 |
tags: commercialization, surrogacy
Conceptual Options is a surrogacy agency in “the surrogacy friendly state of California”. This is a promotional video it is using for gay couples.

“A major evolutionary leap for women”: celebrity sperm donation in UK

Michael Cook | 20 October 2012 |
tags: commercialization, sperm donation, UK
Yesterday a British entrepreneur launched a celebrity sperm donor service.

Danish donor passes on severe defect

Michael Cook | 26 September 2012 |
tags: commercialization, Denmark, sperm donation
So much for careful monitoring of sperm donation from Danish “Vikings”. A man, known only as “donor 7042” fathered dozens of children at Copenhagen's Nordisk Cryobank clinic and passed on to some of them a severe genetic disorder.

“I found my embryos on Craigslist”

Michael Cook | 12 May 2012 |
tags: commercialization, IVF
Two couples, in Chicago and Florida, found their embryos through a Craigslist discussion group from an Iowa couple who had 18 spare embryos. Deb and Kevin McCrea gave 9 to each couple for free, saving them thousands of dollars in IVF treatment.

Is there a limit to the wisdom of the market?

Michael Cook | 28 April 2012 |
tags: bioethics, commercialization, markets
Why can you sell sperm but not your vote? These conundrums are investigated by Michael Sandel, of Harvard University, in his latest book, What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. It is sure to become a reference point in future bioethics debates.

“Offensive” and “misleading” cosmetic surgery advertising under attack

Michael Cook | 17 March 2012 |
tags: commercialization, cosmetic surgery
Several prominent feminists and cosmetic surgeons have published a letter in the Guardian (UK) calling for a ban on cosmetic surgery advertising.

A new industry – fertility finance

Jared Yee | 10 March 2012 |
tags: commercialization, fertility, IVF, US
Julie Barth, was over the moon when her doctor told her she might be able to get pregnant via IVF. But the Illinois doctor didn’t stop there – he referred her to a “fertility finance” company which lent her US$5,000 at an interest rate of 7.99% to help pay for the $24,000 procedure. The case reveals a new trend in the commercialisation of fertility.

Leading UK surgeons call for ban on cosmetic surgery advertising

Jared Yee | 28 January 2012 |
tags: commercialization, cosmetic surgery
Leading plastic surgeons in the UK have responded to the current crisis in cosmetic surgery by calling for a ban on advertisements for all types of cosmetic surgery, including breast enlargements and tummy tucks. They say the industry is an under-regulated “wild west”.

We are healers, not “providers”, US physicians protest

Michael Cook | 15 October 2011 |
tags: commercialization, doctor-patient relationship
“Customer,” “consumer,” and “provider” are words that do not belong in teaching rounds and the clinic, two Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center physicians, Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman write in a stinging attack on the “industrialization” of medicine in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Trapiantiamo la felicità: we transplant happiness!

Michael Cook | 15 October 2011 |
tags: commercialization, Italy, transplant surgery

Organ donors need compensation, says UK bioethics think tank

Michael Cook | 15 October 2011 |
tags: commercialization, organ donation, UK
Organ donors should have their funerals subsidised and women who donate their eggs for research should be paid, says an influential British bioethics think tank. In a new report, “Human bodies: donation for medicine and research”, the Nuffield Council for Bioethics argues that altruism should remain at the heart of organ and tissue donation -- but people do respond more readily to financial incentives.

Radio station condemned for IVF giveaway

Jared Yee | 23 September 2011 |
tags: commercialization, IVF
A Canadian radio station has been denounced as “unethical” and “insulting” for hosting a “win-a-baby” competition Ottawa’s Hot 89.9 promised to fund three cycles of IVF to the listener who makes the best case in 100 words or less.
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