The American Society of Reproductive Medicine has been reluctant to invoke standards for fertility clinics, but maybe this latest development will prompt them:
Ethical row over world's first 'made to order' embryos
By Julie Wheldon, Daily Mail 21:46pm 4th August 2006
For around £5,000 couples can buy ready-made embryos matched to their specific requirements - even down to choosing what eye and hair colour they would like their child to have.
In each case the embryos are made from eggs and sperm from two donors who have never even met. The moment of conception occurs in the laboratory and is determined by the genetic combination the clinic thinks will best meet the needs of the paying couples on its books.
Ethical campaigners last night condemned the move as the "absolute commercialisation of human life." They said it was heart-breaking that babies are now being treated as the equivalent of a supermarket "special offer".
Currently in the
But the new service is totally different as it allows couples to buy fresh embryos that fit their requirements but which have no biological link to either of them.
The human embryo bank is being run by The Abraham Center of Life in
It boasts that its sperm donors all have doctorate degrees and most of its egg donors have college degrees, are under 25 and healthy. So far most of the couples on its waiting lists are happy just to get an embryo and have not set out detailed requirements.
Waiting list for Aryan children
However some have asked for - and been allowed to join list of recipients that will get - embryos made from blond haired and blue eyed donors.
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