By Patricia Spallone
International in scope, this e-book is a feminist reaction to the recent reproductive applied sciences and the genetic engineering getting used on women--test-tube fertilization, surrogacy, embryo flushing, intercourse preselection, and synthetic hormones. it's considering what those strategies suggest for ladies and with the responsibility of the clinical scientists who've created the know-how. Spallone argues that the result's the subordination of girls to the pursuits of clinical scientists, inhabitants planners, the relatives, and the burgeoning biotechnology undefined. The ebook can be of compelling curiosity to we all who're looking a technological know-how and expertise that respects the glory of girls and of all existence on our planet.
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Beyond Conception: The New Politics of Reproduction by Patricia Spallone