LONDON, England, Nov 3 ( – Last week the Cambridge University alumni magazine “Cam”  contained an advertisement seeking to have University graduates donate “genetically superior”  ova for fertility treatment. Peter Richard, the magazine’s editor was horrified that the ad had been published promising that it would be not be published again. 

In investigating the story, the Sunday Times of London discovered that while the sale of human ova is illegal the practice is still popular. Mohamed Taranissi, who runs the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre in London, told the paper that he believed many donors were secretly receiving gifts or cash. “We have no way of policing what deals are made outside the clinic,” he said. The paper uncovered two stories of University students being paid for their “donations” of ova.