From IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the Era of Reproductive Technology by Ruth DeechFrom IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the Era of Reproductive Technology by Ruth Deech

From IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the Era of Reproductive Technology

byRuth Deech, Anna Smajdor

Paperback | December 15, 2007

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This is a book for anyone who has ever paused to wonder: Will cloning ever be legal? Why it is that 'saviour siblings' and sex selection provoke such strong reactions? Will there ever be such a thing as an artificial womb? Assisted reproductive technologies are unique in their capacity to challenge our assumptions and elicit passionate responses. Looking at the moral, philosophical, and legal issues surrounding cases of surrogacy, single or same-sex parenthood, retrieval of sperm from dead or dying patients, and theinsemination of post-menopausal women, this book questions whether these rapidly-developing technologies are refashioning the nature of the family. The UK has played a unique role in the development and regulation of reproductive technologies, and has been at the forefront of controversy over 'saviour siblings', designer babies, reproductive cloning, and embryo research. This book provides a clear and simple account of the techniques involvedin assisted reproduction and embryo research, and discusses the legal and ethical implications of some of these technologies, illustrated by compelling descriptions of real-life cases. The book also addresses the ways in which reproductive technologies are regulated, critically examining the role ofthe Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and comparing the UK's approach with that of other countries. Finally, it contemplates the possibility that some of our most deeply-held assumptions about human nature may be called into question by further developments in stem cell research andfertility treatments.
Ruth Deech was chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1994-2002, during the period when stem cell research was legalised in the UK. She is an academic lawyer, former Principal of St Anne's College Oxford, former Governor of the BBC and Rhodes Trustee, honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple, and currently the fir...
Title:From IVF to Immortality: Controversy in the Era of Reproductive TechnologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.72 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199219796

ISBN - 13:9780199219797

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Table of Contents

1. Reproductive Technologies and the Birth of the HFEA2. Ethics, Embryos, and Infertility3. Saviour Siblings, Designer Babies, and Sex Selection4. Fertility is a Feminist Issue5. Private Lives and Public Policy: The Story of Diane Blood6. Human Rights and Reproduction7. Deconstructing the Family: The Welfare of the Child Clause8. Embryonic Stem Cells and Therapeutic Cloning