is an Argentine
who was originally notable for his pioneering work in reproductive technology
, but who is now primarily known for his unethical practices at the University of California, Irvine
's fertility clinic. The Orange County Register
's investigations into these practices, which involved the misuse of human embryos
and the harvesting-and-transplanting of human eggs
without patient consent, led to that paper's receiving the 1996 Pulitzer Prize
for investigative reporting, and were the catalyst in several regulatory reforms.
Dr. Asch was subsequently forced to resign from the clinic, which has since closed; he later moved to Mexico to avoid prosecution, and has resumed his work in in vitro fertilization.