The status of scientific knowledge
IVF pioneer Robert Edwards relates that he became interested in the possibility of in vitro fertilisation in mammals in the late 1950s, ‘aroused by work on the superovulation of mice’ and ‘the explosion of knowledge of human chromosomes’ (Edwards, 1983a, p. 55). He was inspired by the potential of using invasive drug regimens and the up and coming science of genetics. He voiced no early interest in women’s health issues.
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