August 4, 2006 (Daily Mail) – The world’s first human embryo bank has been launched offering ‘bespoke babies’ for infertile couples.

For around £5,000 couples can buy ready-made embryos matched to their specific requirements – even down to choosing what eye and hair colour they would like their child to have.

In each case the embryos are made from eggs and sperm from two donors who have never even met. The moment of conception occurs in the laboratory and is determined by the genetic combination the clinic thinks will best meet the needs of the paying couples on its books.

Ethical campaigners last night condemned the move as the “absolute commercialisation of human life.” They said it was heart-breaking that babies are now being treated as the equivalent of a supermarket “special offer”.

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