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Reproductive Technologies and the Birth of the HFEA

Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor

in From IVF to Immortality

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219780
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219780.003.0002
Reproductive Technologies and the Birth of the HFEA

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This chapter explores the history of reproductive technology. It goes back to the first attempts at artificial insemination and traces the trajectory of technological developments since then. The biology of reproduction is explained, and the current technological means of addressing infertility are listed. The social impact of reproductive technology and the associated need for regulation are considered. Future developments in reproductive technology are considered, and the impact of controversial breakthroughs, such as the cloning of Dolly the sheep, are discussed.

Keywords: Louise Brown; IVF; regulation; fertility; artificial insemination

Chapter.  7666 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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