Health Care Analysis

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 134–147 | Cite as

Will Artificial Gametes End Infertility?

  • Anna Smajdor
  • Daniela CutasEmail author
Original Article


In this paper we will look at the various ways in which infertility can be understood and at how need for reproductive therapies can be construed. We will do this against the background of research with artificial gametes (AGs). Having explored these questions we will attempt to establish the degree to which technologies such as AGs could expand the array of choices that people have to reproduce and/or become parents. Finally, we will examine whether and in what ways the most promising developments of such technologies are likely to bring about the “end of infertility”.


Artificial gametes ARTs Eligibility for ARTs Infertility Medical need Need of ARTs Parenthood 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwich School of MedicineUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  2. 2.Department of Health, Ethics and Society (HES)Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious StudiesUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden

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