Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution / Edition 1

Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution / Edition 1

by Robin Marantz Henig
     
 

ISBN-10: 0879698098

ISBN-13: 9780879698096

Pub. Date: 05/23/2006

Publisher: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press

On a September Morning in 1973, A hospital administrator in New York City learned of a rogue experiment in progress at his institution and ordered the destruction of a test tube containing a frothy mixture of human eggs and sperm. Had the experiment been allowed to continue, it might have resulted in the first human fetus created through in vitro fertilization. In…  See more details below

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On a September Morning in 1973, A hospital administrator in New York City learned of a rogue experiment in progress at his institution and ordered the destruction of a test tube containing a frothy mixture of human eggs and sperm. Had the experiment been allowed to continue, it might have resulted in the first human fetus created through in vitro fertilization. In Pandora's Baby, the award-winning journalist Robin Marantz Henig tells the story of that confrontation, which ushered in a new era in reproductive technology. She takes us back to the early days of IVF, when the procedure was viewed as crackpot science and its pioneers as outsiders in the medical world. Henig lays out the ethical and political battlefield of the 1970s -- a battlefield that is recreated with each new technology -- and traces the sea change that has occurred in the public perception of "test tube babies."

It is a human story, of men and women grappling with the moral implications of a scientific discovery: researchers, couples yearning for babies, hospital administrators, and bioethicists. Through these people Henig brings to life the argument made most forcefully against IVF in the early days: that it was the first step down the slippery slope toward genetic engineering, designer babies, and human clones. Even though this argument is worrisome and antiprogressive, Henig says, many of its most scary prophecies seem to be coming true. Pandora's Baby is a compelling story from the not-so-distant past, which brilliantly presents the scientific and ethical dilemmas we confront ever more starkly as germ-line engineering and human cloning become possible.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879698096
Publisher:
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Series:
Science & Society Series
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Monster in a Test Tube1
Part 1Ex Ovo Omnia
1.Room Temperature19
2.The Dance of Love26
3.Laughingstock56
4.Out of Control64
5.Fits and Starts78
6.Laboratory Ghouls87
Part 2The Modern Prometheus
7.Toward Happily Ever After95
8.Baby Dreams104
9.Science on Hold118
10.The First One133
11.A Baby Clone142
12.Hang On150
Part 3Test Tube Death Trial
13.Fooling Mother Nature155
14.Pandora's Baby170
15.Normality173
16.Prometheus Unbound177
17.Verdict193
Part 4Not Meant to Be Known
18.Right to Life201
19.Opening Pandora's Box217
20.Tables Turned229
21.From Monstrous to Mundane233
22.Pandora's Clone245
23.Mixed Blessings261
Notes269
Selected Readings303
Acknowledgments308
Index310

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