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Main : biotechnology, health, mothers, non-fiction

ISBN: 9781876756789
200 x 130 mm
366 pp
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Living Laboratories
Robyn Rowland
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Imagine an unborn foetus having children. In a world where frozen embryo banks and test-tube babies are presented as the ‘norm’, the culling of immature eggs from a female foetus is no longer science fiction. How does this affect our concepts of parenting and mothering? What are the ethical and moral implications of research into human reproduction? Robyn Rowland argues that women have become ‘living laboratories’ in a book that has achieved the status of a classic.

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‘A strong, exciting book, with the pace of a detective story, that challenges assumptions, sharpens awareness, and explores a feminist morality towards reproductive technology.’

Sheila Kitzinger

Table of Contents



Part 1 Motherhood, Medicine and Men: Who’s in Control?

 1 In vitro fertilisation: man makes the embryo 

2 The masculine dream of quality control: genetic engineering

3 Woman as a dissolving capsule: the challenge of fetal personhood

4 The depersonalisation of birth mothers: socalled ‘surrogacy’

Part 2 Setting the Context for Reproductive Control

5 The values of medical science 

6 ‘Reprospeak’: the language of the new reproductive technologies

7 Motherhood and infertility: medical science co-opts ideology and desire

8 Rights, responsibilities and resistance 

Notes and References 


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