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Most infertile couples hope to receive an egg from a woman who is simply in good health, but a West Coast couple has placed an ad in an MIT publication offering $35,000 to a “genius Asian egg donor.”

“We are not the usual approach. We are setting a high bar,” said the man, whose identity was confirmed by the Herald and who would only give his first name, William.

“We’ve had a couple of near misses,” he said, “but I think we’re going to find what we want.”

William and his wife began placing ads about a year ago in MIT Tech, a student newspaper, and a California Institute of Technology publication in hopes of finding a donor who will help the couple bear a “top student.”

At the Web site, the couple describes its ideal donor as a “21-year-old Chinese MIT student with A grade-point average, 1500 SAT score, several awards in high school and university,” and with a desire to “help bring a child into the world with the same special gifts she has.”

Dr. Mark Hornstein...