“A Take-Home Baby”

Robert L. Klitzman

in Designing Babies

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Published in print September 2019 | ISBN: 9780190054472
Published online October 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190054502 | DOI:
“A Take-Home Baby”

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This introductory chapter provides an outline of the structure and themes of the book, and describes how I became interested in this topic—through both personal and professional experiences. The chapter presents a brief overview of infertility and several assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), including new technologies (e.g., gene editing and CRISPR) and their history; recent statistics on use of these interventions in the United States and elsewhere; several relevant current policies, guidelines, and recent legal cases in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere (e.g., from the FDA, CDC, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine [ASRM]) pertaining to sale and purchase of so-called third-party gametes (i.e., human eggs and sperm); costs and insurance coverage; ethical issues posed by ARTs (e.g., regarding eugenics); and other aspects of these treatments. The chapter also provides an overview of the qualitative methods used in the research that forms a basis of the book.

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Subjects: Medical Ethics ; Reproductive Medicine ; Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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