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

Scott Gilbert Clara Pinto-Correia



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Columbia University Press
08 August 2017
Developmental biology; Biotechnology
How does one make a decision today about in vitro fertilization, abortion, egg freezing, surrogacy, and other matters of reproduction? This book provides the intellectual and emotional intelligence to help individuals make informed choices amid misinformation and competing claims. Scott Gilbert and Clara Pinto-Correia, renowned scientists and communicators, speak to the couple trying to become pregnant, the woman contemplating an abortion, and the student searching for sound information about human sex and reproduction. Their book is an enlightening read for men as well as for women, describing in clear terms how babies come into existence through both natural and assisted reproductive pathways. The book first covers the most recent and well-grounded scientific conclusions about fertilization and early human embryology. It then discusses the reasons why some of the major forms of assisted reproductive technologies were invented, how they are used, and what they can and cannot accomplish. Most important, the authors explore the emotional side of using these technologies to become pregnant, focusing on those who have emptied their emotions and bank accounts in a valiant effort to get pregnant. This work of science and human biology is informed by a moral concern for our common humanity.
By:   Scott Gilbert, Clara Pinto-Correia
Imprint:   Columbia University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm, 
Weight:   454g
ISBN:   9780231170949
ISBN 10:   0231170947
Pages:   296
Publication Date:   08 August 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Scott F. Gilbert is a professor of biology at Swarthmore College and the University of Helsinki and is the author of several textbooks. Clara Pinto-Correia is a developmental biologist, well-read novelist, and historian of science.

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

Impressive in its breadth, Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology contains case studies, historical narratives, and ethical conundrums showcasing the advances in our understanding of the basic science of human fertilization and development. Correcting misconceptions that have permeated the mainstream infertility literature, Gilbert and Pinto-Correia write the kind of lucid explanations of these complex technological feats that have probably never reached this readership but should have a long time ago. -- Katayoun Chamany, New School University

  • Winner of Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2019

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