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Reproduction: New Technologies: Overview
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Since the birth in 1978 of Louise Brown, the world's first test-tube baby, new reproductive technologies to overcome infertility have spread around the globe, reaching countries far from the technology-producing nations of the West. Perhaps nowhere is this globalization process more evident than in the Muslim world, where a private in vitro fertilization (IVF) industry is flourishing. Indeed, Egypt alone (population 70 million) hosts 60 IVF clinics, while the tiny country of Lebanon (population …

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Inhorn, Marcia C., “Reproduction: New Technologies: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0194>
First published online: 2009

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