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Other concerns include questions about how long embryos should remain frozen and who owns frozen embryos not used by the parents. What happens if the parents separate, divorce, or die? What about the legal entanglements involved with surrogacy? Already in the media there have been a number of such cases reported. With the expected increase of these procedures in the future, it is likely that such complex questions will only escalate. Finally, there are basic concerns about helping people sidestep the natural birth process to bring into the world a new human. see also Cell Cycle; Chromosomal Aberrations; Cloning Organisms; Fertilization; Legal Issues; Meiosis; Prenatal Diagnosis; Reproductive Technology: Ethical Issues.

Charles J. Grossman and Robert Baumiller


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Schultz, Richard M., and Carmen J. Williams. "The Science of ART." Science 21 (June 2002): 2188-2190.

Reproductive Technology: Ethical Issues

Reproductive technology encompasses a range of techniques used to overcome infertility, increase fertility, influence or choose the genetic characteristics of offspring, or alter the characteristics of a population. Each type of reproductive technology brings with it a range of ethical issues. With the accelerated pace of progress in modern medical technology, these issues have been brought squarely into the public arena, where they continue to provoke controversies involving the boundaries of government control, private choice, religious belief, and parental wishes.

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