IT WAS A SUBLIME MOMENT. SUSAN Hurst, 33, crafted a tiny cup out of white chocolate, filled it with coffee mousse, attached an edible handle, balanced it on a chocolate saucer, garnished it with a miniature raspberry cake - and then breathed a deep, tasty sigh of satisfaction.
WHEN A HEALTHY WOMAN walked into Dr. Richard Paulson's Los Angeles infertility clinic four years ago, he saw no reason to reject her as a patient. Her medical records indicated that she was 50 years old--five years younger than Paulson's upper limit for in-vitro candidates--and she passed rigorous physical tests, including a treadmill jog.
What would you say about someone who spent 18 hours a day online? Not a research scientist, mind you, but a stay-at-home more from Texas. What if she lied to her husband about the monthly phone bills, as high as $400, she was racking up in her marathon chat sessions-then enlisted a computer hacker to wangle her free access when money ran low?