Human Embryos for Reproduction and Research

Authored by: Françoise Baylis

The Routledge Companion to Bioethics

Print publication date:  December  2014
Online publication date:  December  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415896665
eBook ISBN: 9780203804971
Adobe ISBN: 9781136644849


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Ex utero (i.e., extracorporeal) human embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) are now widely used for reproductive and research purposes. Individuals or couples who are infertile or who are at risk of having a child with a genetic disorder can use IVF, with or without third-party gametes, to create embryos for reproductive use. In addition, individuals and same-sex couples who are not infertile, but who want a genetic link to their child, can avail themselves of this reproductive technology.

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