McGraw-Hill Ryerson

McGraw-Hill Ryerson

April 04, 2006 13:39 ET

BIG BUCKS IN BABIES

How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception Attention: Assignment Editor, Books Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Lifestyle Editor, Science Editor WHITBY, ONTARIO, MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) - April 4/06: The business of babies impacts us all - politicians, scientists, doctors, lawyers, economists, sociologists, religious leaders, and any couple that ever wanted to have a child, but couldn't. Debora Spar argues that it is time to acknowledge that the acquisition of children - whether through donated eggs, rented wombs, or cross-border adoption - has become a multibillion dollar industry that has left science, law, ethics, and business deeply at odds.

THE BABY BUSINESS: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception is a fascinating behind-the-scenes account that combines pioneering research and interviews with the industry's top reproductive scientists to provide a first glimpse at how the industry really works: who the baby-makers are, who makes money, how prices are set, and what defines the clientele. Fascinating stories illustrate the inner workings of market segments - including surrogacy, egg swapping, "designer babies," adoption, stem cell research, and human cloning as Spar explores the moral and legal challenges that industry players must address.

Consider:
An average donor egg in New York: $7,500
An average donor egg in Chicago: $4,500
The current price for in-vitro fertilization: $12, 400
For genetic diagnosis another: $4,500
IVF babies conceived in 2001: 41,000
This year: 45,000
Number of children from outside the U.S. adopted each year: 20,000

From back offices to hospital operating rooms to thirds world villages to our very bedrooms, THE BABY BUSINESS exposes the unvarnished truth about an issue that touches us all.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debora Spar is the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. Spar is available for media interviews through the Professional division of McGraw-Hill Ryerson.

/For further information: Doug Blair, Publicity Manager 905-430-5134 dougb@mcgrawhill.ca/ IN: HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, JUSTICE, RELIGION, SOCIAL

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    Primary Phone: 905-430-5134
    E-mail: dougb@mcgrawhill.ca