updated 1/24/2007 2:48:05 PM ET 2007-01-24T19:48:05

The Food and Drug Administration has ended an investigation into a broker offering ready-made embryos to prospective parents, concluding the agency had no jurisdiction.

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The FDA has not disclosed what laws or regulations were the focus of the investigation into Jennalee Ryan’s Abraham Center of Life. The agency’s statement Wednesday said “the investigation determined the facility was not currently engaged in practices that fall under FDA jurisdiction.”

Ryan’s service involves a physician who uses donated eggs and sperm to create embryos that cost $5,000 a pair. Clients can review the donors’ characteristics, including their ethnic and educational background and, in some cases, their photos.

Some critics have said Ryan’s business may be crossing ethical lines by marketing a better baby.

But Ryan said she’s just trying to help couples or single women, for example, who may not be able to have a biological baby.

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