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Prof. Spar discussed how, in the United States alone, assisted reproduction generates annual revenues of over $4 billion. Would-be parents have a tremendous array of options, including advanced techniques for in vitro fertilization (IVF), use of sperm banks, and access to egg donors. They can aim for one child or several, blond hair or brown, a boy or a girl. In the process, they can expect to pay handsomely, anywhere from $13,000 (the average price for a single cycle of IVF) to $250,000 (the cost of repeated, failed, cycles with high-end donor eggs and advanced techniques). Professor Spar described the current status of the assisted reproduction business and outline some of the major problems it poses—of equity, of contracting, and of child and maternal welfare. She also discussed avenues for appropriate public policy.