‘Closing Conceptions’

Editor’s Note: “Conceptions,” Cheryl Miller’s New Atlantis blog on assisted reproductive technologies, has been discontinued. She is working on several other projects, but will occasionally write magazine essays and articles on ART—such as the article she has in the February 2009 issue of Reason:...

ART in the News: A new test for Down syndrome, frozen embryo laws, and more

Is it wrong to want a deaf baby?   Oregon court sees frozen embryos as property rights issue.  The hidden health risks for the children of sperm donors.  India: It’s time we had a law on surrogacy.   How test tube babies changed the world.   A new, safer test for Down syndrome.   “Human evolution...

The Embryo Dilemma

Los Angeles Times health reporter Shari Roan has a terrific series on “the politics of embryos.” (Bonus: One piece quotes The New Atlantis’s own Yuval Levin.)  Six years of frustration and heartbreak. That’s how Gina Rathan recalls her attempts to become pregnant. Finally, she and her husband, Cheddi,...

ART in the News: Cheap IVF, medical tourism, and more

“Women: Have your babies yesterday.”  Looking for cheap IVF? 13 questions and answers about medical tourism. And just how expensive is IVF anyway?   Biologists describe how an embryo attaches to the womb.   The Bronx is the place to be for gay families.  Feminism or folly? Women who conceive accidentally...

“One way or another someone makes money off the dead.”

Your humble blogger has a review in the latest issue of the Weekly Standard about Donna Dickenson’s chilling exposé, Body Shopping: The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood. In the piece, I discuss some of the more grisly practices of the global trade in human flesh and how we can rein in the worst of the body-snatchers: Body...

ART in the News: Clay Aiken: Gay Dad, Teen Pregnancy Barbie, and More

Pregnancy on the rise, abortion rates lowest in 30 years.  How to stay sane with multiples.  Designing the $100,000 baby.  Remote control male birth control.  Clay Aiken has a gayby.   Israeli women are coming to the U.S. to donate eggs.   “I’ve become more conservative since carrying a baby to...

“Pay for semen? Really??”

Amy, a female blogger, is advertisting for a sperm donor via her blog. She claims to have 15 candidates. I’m guessing this must be a hoax since it is an incredibly bad idea otherwise (especially from someone who claims to be attending law school). Here’s her pitch: In less than two weeks, I will be ovulating, which as...

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