nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Worried About Financing College? Ethical Concerns with Selling Your Eggs And Sperm

 
Tuition on the rise?  So are income opportunities.

A report issued by the Hasting Center shows that advertisements in college newspapers offering to pay students for their oocytes are keyed to desired personal characteristics of the seller.

For the monosyllabic, sterile couples want smart people's eggs.  The Boston Globe (Mar 26) reports an advertisement in the Harvard Crimson for a woman under 29, with GPA over 3.5, and SAT score over 1400.  The compensation?  $35,000.00.

The following graph illustrates the relationship between fee and SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)


There's a lot of scatter but the pattern is clear.  I wonder who that person was who got $50K?  (4.0, 1600?)

Given the genetic combinations possible, the likelihood of this being an effective strategy for birthing a genius child is ...well...zero.  Most people realize this when they think about it.  I'm sure that the psychology is, "I would feel guilty if my kid turns out dumb, and I didn't get a 'smart' egg."

"You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind...Your next stop, The Twilight Zone."

 

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