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Embryo Bank Stirs Ethics Fears

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 11, 2016 | 0 comments

Image: Embryo Bank Stirs Ethics Fears. Photo courtesy Of Jennalee Ryan
Firm Lets Clients Pick Among Fertilized Eggs

A Texas company has started producing batches of ready-made embryos that single women and infertile couples can order after reviewing detailed information about the race, education, appearance, personality and other characteristics of the egg and sperm donors.

We're just trying to help people have babies, said Jennalee Ryan, who arranged for an egg donor to start medical treatments to produce a second batch of embryos this week. For me, that's what this is all about: helping make babies.

But the embryo brokerage, which calls itself the world's first human embryo bank, raises alarm among some fertility experts and bioethicists, who say the service marks another disturbing step toward commercialization of human reproduction and designer babies.

By Rob Stein / Washington Post Staff Writer

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies (Assisted Reproductive Technology), by Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess. Publisher: Checkmark Books; 3 edition (January 1, 2005)-In Vitro Fertilization: The A.R.T. of Making Babies
( Assisted Reproductive Technology )
by Geoffrey Sher, Virginia Marriage Davis, Jean Stoess

-- This clearly written technical handbook guides couples who are trying to conceive in determining whether they are eligible for in vitro fertilization (IVF) and in selecting the program that will help them achieve the best results.

It describes in detail the anatomy and physiology of conception and the steps required for realizing it in the IVF procedure.

In addition to providing accurate information, the practitioner authors address emotional, financial, physical, and moral-religious issues involved in the decision to conceive with medical assistance.

Despite its experimental reputation and persistent high cost, IVF is an appropriate option for many of the estimated 3.3 million infertile couples in the U.S. today, so this specialized manual speaks to a rather large audience of potential users.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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