Let’s chill: New York’s egg freezing party
Commercialisation of IVF is crossing new frontiers in New York with “egg freezing parties” for career women who want to keep their options open.
The big business of Australian IVF
A second Australian IVF company wil float on the stock exchange today.
Couples fall victim to surrogate fraud
Increasingly surrogacy services offer rich pickings for con artists.
COMMENT: Is egg freezing a scam?
Do consumers know what they are signing up for?
Evidence-based medicine comes under attack
UK critics claim that it is not transparent and tainted by commercial interests.
Wet nursing is a cow of a job, say bioethicists
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
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
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
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.
Former bioethics student involved in insider trading scandal
Ethics debate over “cheap” embryos
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
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
Yesterday a British entrepreneur launched a celebrity sperm donor service.
Danish donor passes on severe defect
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”
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?
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
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
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
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
“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.
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