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Dilemmas in assisted reproduction

Modern reproductive technologies, particularly in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), have made possible the establishment of new families through the birth of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide. Meanwhile, these technologies have compelled men to face the possibility of intervening at the very origins of their own biological existence, hence creating doubts and questions beyond the domain of medical science. Society is now asking itself whether all that is scientifically and technically possible is necessarily beneficial to mankind. The answer to this question is not to be found in biological science alone, but instead requires multidisciplinary reflection including all forms of knowledge: philosophical, bioethical, and religious, all contributing to the unavoidable adventure that we are endowed with in the search for a better life.

Reproduction; Reproduction; Techniques; Fertilization in Vitro; Reproductive Medicine

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