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Overcoming Preconception Relating to Assisted Reproductive Technologies

David F Albertini, Professor Tufts University Medical Center

  • HARTs – current status, future prospects
  • Chronology of HARTs and related animal studies
  • Common preconceptions
  • Communication between disciplines

HARTs – Current Status, Future Prospects

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) (GIFT/ZIFT)

Sperm/Sex Selection

  • Ovary/Follicle Cryopreservation

Stem Cells

Chronology of HARTs and Related Animal Studies

07/78  Louise Brown
12/81  Elizabeth Carr
09/90  First birth of frozen embryos
02/97  Dolly
05/98  Cumulina
11/98  Human embryonic stem cells produced
05/99  Cloned transgenic goats
05/99 Interspecies embryos produced


Chronology of HARTs and Related Animal Studies --- High Impact Claims

07/78  Louise Brown
12/81  Elizabeth Carr
09/90  First birth of frozen embryos
11/93  George Washington University “scientists”win the “prize” for human experimental cloning “technique”
05/95  Univ. California Irvine “medical experts” accused of egg/embryo misappropriation
02/97  Dolly
01/98  “It’s an interesting technology.” Richard G. Seed, Ph.D.
05/98  Cumulina
10/98  A human cell/cow hybrid is made (maybe)
11/98  Human embryonic stem cells produced
05/99  Cloned transgenic goats
05/99  Interspecies embryos produced

Common Preconceptions

Domain Intermingling
Infertility Research
Animal Cloning
Human Genome

  • That humans will be cloned
  • That diseases will be cured or eliminated
  • That all women can have a baby

Communication Between Disciplines

  • Basic Science (animal/human)
  • Clinical Science
  • Business/Ethical/Legal
  • Press
  • Public Literacy

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