AuthorMaureen McTeer
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is book is about assisted human reproduction its origins, current
status, and future direction — together with the legal framework in which
it operates. It is also about the research that is possible now, and what will
be possible in the future, using human embryos that are created by the
reproductive technology of in vitro fertilization.
Forty years is not a long time, but in those four decades, the evolution
in human reproduction and embryonic research has been unrelenting.
is book will look at both, along with their uniqueness and their inter-
relatedness, as they build seamlessly together, raising questions about how
we as a society want to dene being human in this twenty-rst century
and beyond. It is written principally as an informational tool for the lay
public, including the legislators who will decide future public policy and
laws in these areas.
e rst human interventions into this area were made in response to
fertility problems experienced by women who wanted to become preg-
nant but had been unsuccessful. Articial insemination was the initial
response, with a man’s sperm being delivered directly to the woman’s
cervix or uterus. Following this came in vitro fertilization (hereinafter
referred to as IVF), in which the ovum and sperm were united in a

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