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Woman wants to sell her ovum.

SkySky Registered User regular
edited November 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
A friend of mine is interested in selling her eggs (ova, ovum from her ovaries).

She lives in southern California, near San Diego and Los Angeles. I know there are several research facilities in San Diego.

Does anyone know or can recommend a service or hospital or research facility?

In particular, I am looking for a place that would kill the DNA of the egg, not use it for producing an offspring using her DNA.

I saw a recent news report on surrogates mothers, carrying another couple's fetus to birth, but this one service that was a fraud and stole money. So I have some concerns for my friend.

Thanks guys.

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    japanjapan Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Has she looked into the procedure at all? It's somewhat invasive and requires a pretty hefty time commitment (usually five-seven individual days over the course of a couple of months, the times and dates of which won't necessarily be flexible), as well as spending most of that time with her hormones going insane.

    I'm not trying to discourage, but it isn't a simple thing to do.

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    SmokeStacksSmokeStacks Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    There are fairly stringent eligibility requirements as well.

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    HK5HK5 Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    I've donated three times, but to make babies, not for science. I found it rewarding and the pain/suffering was pretty minimal but you do need a flexible schedule and no fear of needles. The agency I worked with was supportive and professional, they work mainly with gay couples. Compensation was $10k for the second two and $8k for the first. You need excellent genetics, good health, good SAT scores, a college degree, and a good BMI.

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    ceresceres When the last moon is cast over the last star of morning And the future has past without even a last desperate warningRegistered User, Moderator mod
    edited November 2010
    Sky wrote: »
    In particular, I am looking for a place that would kill the DNA of the egg, not use it for producing an offspring using her DNA.

    If you're talking about destroying donor DNA and replacing it with someone else's DNA to be raised by a couple or something, they don't really do this right now. You won't find anywhere reputable to do it because it's not legal to do this with humans.

    If you're talking about donating eggs for stem cell research, that's pretty different and to my knowledge only a few states allow it right now. There are ways to do it, and a simple google search for "donating ova for stem cell research" should be a good start.

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    GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited November 2010
    ceres wrote: »
    Sky wrote: »
    In particular, I am looking for a place that would kill the DNA of the egg, not use it for producing an offspring using her DNA.

    If you're talking about destroying donor DNA and replacing it with someone else's DNA to be raised by a couple or something, they don't really do this right now. You won't find anywhere reputable to do it because it's not legal to do this with humans.

    I'll go the step further... i'm not totally sure it's illegal (cloning is illegal, but this isn't really cloning if you did what the person is suggesting), but in addition to that, it's scientifically still incredibly difficult to do with higher organisms, and I don't think anyone's shown it can be reliably done in mammals (done, yes... but with horrifically bad efficiency).

    Basically, this isn't going to happen. The reason people want eggs donated (for money) is because they aren't producing them themselves for some reason; if they aren't doing that, there's none of their own egg DNA to "swap" in, and replacing it with a fertilized egg's genome would actually be human cloning (and that's definitely illegal, not to mention would cost millions and be technically nearly impossible at this point)

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    SkySky Registered User regular
    edited November 2010
    Interesting.

    Thanks guys.

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