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Controversial Company Offers a New Way To Make a Baby (sciencemag.org) 80

sciencehabit writes: A controversial fertility company called OvaScience is preoccupied by an enduring mystery in human biology--why eggs fail--and the palpable hope that we can do something about it. The company offers a new treatment, called AUGMENT, based on what it considers to be egg precursor cells found in a woman's ovaries. AUGMENT, which costs UP TO $25,000, along with thousands more in clinic fees and roughly $25,000 for the IVF cycle that must accompany it, relies on mitochondria from putative egg precursor cells to boost the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF). Seventeen babies have been born so far. The company, which has attracted hundreds of millions of dollars from investors, is poised to introduce a second treatment. But many scientists doubt that egg precursor cells actually exist.
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Controversial Company Offers a New Way To Make a Baby

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  • It's disputed that it works, but 17 babies have been created by this procedure so far. So, does it work or doesn't it?

  • The real question is though, will those 17 be Jedi?
    • I'm not a star wars fan, but I think that's MIDICHORIONS or something similar which you're confusing with MITOCHONDRIA (which are real things in our universe, and certainly do affect general fitness post-partum, and probably also affect fitness pre-partum.
  • I never asked for this.

  • by lazarus ( 2879 )

    Or, you know, you could spend that money helping out children who already exist and who could really use some support. Why do humans feel the need to 'own' everything, even other life forms that have free will of their own?

    • I don't see the logic behind rewarding irresponsible people when they irresponsibly have children and expecting the kids to somehow turn out responsible. If someone is temporarily poor that's one thing. But if you are a single mom without a job and no prospect of ever having work or a husband the right thing to do if you can't afford the child is to give it up for adoption so it can be raised by responsible people. That way nobody has kids they can't afford just to get a bigger check and those that are infe

  • Anybody willing to spend that much to have a baby probably shouldn't be having babies.
  • by frnic ( 98517 ) on Saturday November 07, 2015 @09:24AM (#50882595)

    The perfect scam, we take your egg, perform some woogie that you can't see or verify, but trust us, it works.

    • No, it's more like 'we take your egg, perform some woogie that you can't see or verify' and charge you a shitload for it.

      That's even better.

  • The mystery of the powerful and mysterious race of Precursors has finally been resolved.

  • I'm pretty sure this is how get Khan. The badass one from the original series.
  • We have too many humans on this planet already, we don't need more ways to make more humans! You want to raise a child? Go adopt one, there are plenty of children out there without families to take care of them, and you'll be doing human civilization in general several favors in the process, not the least of which is ensuring that one or more human children have a better chance of growing up to be well-adjusted and successful members of society, instead of being all screwed up because they bounced back and
    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Adopt and inferior human pup? Never!

  • Just use the good old traditional way. Have sex up to 3 times a day, repeat until she's pregnant.

    It's a lot of work, I know.

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