Last night, while working on how to attack the editing of my new book (Which for today is titled “Control Group," the 6th or 7th working title) I read in the Economist about a book on the fertility trade called Baby Business. It talked about how Guatemala currently makes about 50 million dollars a year in exporting babies. But also how top quality eggs cost about $50,000.
So this morning I have decided that I must know a) how early can you harvest a girl’s eggs and b) how long under current technology would they be viable. Or specifically, could a psycho mom harvest her daughter’s eggs without consent and keep them until she deems the daughter to be “suitable”? And how do I phrase that when calling up a scientist?
Thanks to Google, I have read so much about fertility treatments, including the suctioning out of eggs during harvesting that I have become slightly queasy (I maintain there are some places needles should never go). Still nothing to be found on egg storage.
Just a note for those thinking of career options, according to Baby Business surrogating can get you an average of $59,000 a baby (remember: not per year, per baby!).
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