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08 March 2006 @ 05:45 pm
seriously, it's mostly a joke...but the possiblities...  
NPR just gave me a great idea! if i sell my eggs, i can get enough money for the wacom and a new lappy! they said the bare lowest these things go for is usually $4,000, and "elite" eggs go for up to $25,000! if they're looking for "master race" style stuff, with blond hair and blue eyes, i'm so in!

now, how does one go about selling one's genetic material these days?
catori_inteus on March 8th, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
it's so funny you're posting this. today at work i saw an ad in the indy weekly for egg donation, but they were only offering $2500. still, i was very intrigued. and i would like to know more about the whole thing.
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 8th, 2006 11:12 pm (UTC)
yeah, if nothing else, it's something i'd like to know more about.
TotoroJo: floatytotorojo on March 9th, 2006 02:23 am (UTC)
Hehe. There's something really appealing about the possibility of a little bit of your genetics walking around in the world somewhere, hidden in the anonymous face of some little child.

I'd sell! (How many years of academia do I have to endure before I become l33t? ;) )
theotherjoey on March 9th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
I would say eBay...but I'm pretty sure that's no longer allowed.
Glenda Lotuseyessoul_in_flames on March 9th, 2006 02:31 am (UTC)
I toyed with the idea, too. Yetpart of the reason they pay so much is because it is hard to qualify, and the other is that it is not good for your health.
They tend to want people that don't smoke, don't drink, have never had a run-in with the law, and have never had multiple sex partners. The "elite" comes from having high IQ, going to Ivy League schools, and having particularly wanted characteristics (more than blonde and blue eyes, things like coming from a successful family, having no history of genetic diseases in the family, and so forth).
The big drawback, really, is that the fertility drugs that you are given are not very healty. There is a small but real chance that you may have to be hospitalized because of illnesses that result from it. I think most people get high bloodpressure issues. Plus, some people, like me, are extra sensitive to hormones, so they get depressed, lose sex drive, or have other problems.

The egg buyers are pretty motived, though, so ads abound in papers, especially local ones, and you can probably run a search for it on the internet, maybe concentrating on fertility clinics in your area...

But I do hope you're joking!:)
Mellenabsentmammoth on March 9th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
yeah, really, i'm joking. but the thought of lots of money for something i'm not inclined to use right now is tempting on some level, no matter how unrealistic.
tantric tantrum: screamradiosity on March 9th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
shakes head and runs around screaming...*squick*

If I was a guy, NP, magazine, cryo-cup, date with handrea, you're done.

Or whatever... extraction of eggs video made me nearly barf. No selling my eggs or taking them out to cook them later.

yucky yuk

returns to making squicky motions... (i'm a visceral wimp in case you couldn't tell)
Kay: Ice Weasels - Uzumesylverice2 on March 10th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Ah, the things you learn even when you don't want to.
New York University harvests for about $2500. Of course, you have to go in every day for a month for the tests and shots (appointments are only available in the mornings), and you have to be able to give yourself shots at home, and the application process takes about two months, and it's another couple of months for the actual egg harvesting process. From what I hear, the shots are also ridiculously painful, because half of them are under the skin shots, and the other half the liquid for the shot is thick. You're also on a bunch of different pills to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

(I've actually got a copy of their application, if you're interested in seeing all of the hoops you have to jump through to manage this. It's almost more money to bother with this, because really, you can't work while you're doing this, and you have to commute to New York.)