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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Here Comes the Egg Man

Here Comes the Egg Man

Oocytes & Embryos.org

(p.111) Dialogue 17 Here Comes the Egg Man
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin is having a conversation with Viktor Morovsky, a Russian immigrant, and Arthur Worthington III, a venture capitalist, regarding the sale or auction of human eggs. Morovsky dreams of making a great deal of money in the American capitalist system as a distributor for oocytes that people who have undergone in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedures no longer want. His company, Oocytes & Embryos.Org, is preparing to go international and aims to be the largest single provider of oocyte sources for embryonic stem cells. Worthington has invested lucratively in biotechnology and has made billions in BioVenture Associates. Here Morovsky, Worthington, and Franklin discuss the technical aspects of Morovsky's business plan; the international market for selling oocytes and IVF embryos; how Markovsky and Worthington will deal with the activist groups that are in opposition to paying egg donors; the possibility that poor women will find a way to sell eggs through the black market; and the ethics of selling eggs for IVF and research.

Keywords:   human eggs, oocytes, in vitro fertilization, embryonic stem cells, biotechnology, selling, egg donors, ethics, research, auction

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