High Tech Babies Essay

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High Tech Babies

Humans have engaged in the healing arts in an attempt to improve life, save lives, and, with the advancement of technology, create life. The practice of medicine has always relied on tools created by humans to aid in treatments and research. Those tools have gone from simple hand made devices to technology capable of human reproduction. With one in 11 couples in the United States infertile, and societal and physical pressure on women to reproduce, the desperation for treatment has become widespread. Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is defined as all treatments or procedures that involve the handling of human eggs and sperm or embryos for the purpose of establishing a pregnancy. These include in vitro fertilization …show more content…

In less than 15 years, over 300 fertility clinics were operating, generating $2 billion in revenues. As the incidence of infertility increased, so did the demand for the treatment available through ART. Sociological and epidemiological factors play a role in the increase of infertility. Women in developed countries are choosing to postpone childbearing for education and career, which also contributes to infertility issues. Couples who choose to seek treatment for infertility should research this service just as they would any other business from which they are considering a purchase. Not only should the clinic and practitioner be considered, but perhaps most importantly, their success …show more content…

With these statistics it would seem that this technology is poised for enormous growth. Add to that the potential audience gained through information technology and it becomes clear that the businesses providing the service are bound to significantly increase their revenue (Coile). One would hope that the success of treating infertile patients’ would also

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