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IVF and ET conjure up a variety of images, from "test tube babies" to Steven Spielberg's extraterrestrial. Indeed, it is sometimes difficult to separate science fiction from scientific reality. Nonetheless, the extracorporeal fertilization of a human egg followed by transfer to a human uterus and birth of a child, has been repeated in a number of countries around the world. In vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer (ET) are now reality.' Most of us applauded this new technology along with the parents of the resulting children. These infertile couples were able, with the help of IVF, to have their own offspring. But we also have some second thoughts. What are the broader implications of IVF? Do its benefits to individual couples outweigh its potential dangers to society? Should IVF be regulated? And if so, who should be the regulator and on what principles should legal rules be founded?



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