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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology$
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Scott Gilbert and Clara Pinto-Correia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170949

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.001.0001

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Fertility Rites

Fertility Rites

Artificial Insemination and In Vitro Fertilization—Their Hopes and Their Fears

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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

Clara Pinto-Correia

Columbia University Press

From royal families, to farm animals, to the general public, artificial insemination AI has had many guises. One of these is sperm banking, where people can pay to be inseminated with sperm from men having the traits they desire. But it does not always happen that one gets what one pays for. In vitro fertilization, the other widespread reproductive technology, offers hope, the source of both blessings and curses, to many infertile couples.

Keywords:   Artificial insemination, domestication, in vitro fertilization, sperm banking, designer babies, embryo freezing

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