Story Publication logo September 20, 2010

The Global Egg Trade


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The price of a human egg depends on the characteristics of the donor. Eggs harvested from...

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Since in vitro fertilization was introduced three decades ago, the market for women's eggs has exploded; each year, a quarter of a million "test tube" babies are born. Donor eggs come from all over the world, often from women in poor financial circumstances. Wide differences in price and poor regulation over donations have created an international black market for eggs. Some doctors and companies are making a lot of money helping families who can afford it to find eggs and have babies.

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