Saturday, 27 March 2010

How much is a human egg worth?

How much is a human egg worth?

It is still illegal in the UK, as in most other European countries, to pay a human egg donor. However, in sunny California, and the rest of the US, it is OK to put a price on an egg. Now, the UK government regulatory agency HFEA is expected to approve payment for donating human eggs for scientific research. Should this kind of merchandise take place, or should it be done on a ‘non-profit’ basis? What do you all think? I think it’s the same question as with transplants – so feel free to include that topic too in the discussion!

In the US ‘big bucks’:
Increase in egg donors raises concerns
AP - Sun Feb 18, 1:47 PM ET
Human egg donation was a rarity not so long ago. But heightened demands for eggs — and rising compensation for donors — are prompting more young women to consider it. Jennifer Dziura, a 28-year-old New Yorker, is one of them.She received $8,000 to donate her eggs in the fall of 2005 and hopes she'll be chosen again before the private egg broker she's registered with considers her too old. She realizes prospective parents who view her profile might think it a minus that her father is adopted, allowing for little medical history from his side. She also figures some are looking for a blonde, instead of a brunette.

… and in the UK:
Women will be paid to donate eggs for science
£250 payment to aid disease research. Fears over landmark medical ruling
The Observer - Sunday February 18, 2007

Women will be paid to donate their eggs for scientific research in a landmark decision that will prompt a fierce backlash from leading figures in the medical world. The Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the government regulator of this highly sensitive area, is expected to approve the policy when it meets on Wednesday. At present, clinics are not allowed to accept eggs donated for scientific research unless they are a byproduct of either IVF treatment or sterilisation. Campaigners for change say that this has led to a chronic shortage of eggs for scientific use.

See also:
Asian women command premium prices for egg donation in U.S. 
LA Times - May 5, 2012 
Egg donors offered up to $50,000
Fees far exceed ethics guidelines, study finds
MSNBC - March 26, 2010
Human Ovulation Caught on Camera
CellNEWS - Wednesday, 18 June 2008
Most egg cells in a female body die naturally by programmed cell death
CellNEWS - Tuesday, 24 July 2007
Back to the question: How much is a human egg worth?
CellNEWS - Tuesday, 09 October 2007


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