Cracking Eggs

IVF & Israel's New Eugenics

Ten years ago, Dr. Tal Biron-Shental, an ob-gyn at Meir Hospital in Israel, announced success in keeping ovarian tissue from aborted fetuses alive in a laboratory for several weeks. With the addition of specialized hormone treatment, she said, it was "theoretically possible" to turn the immature eggs into mature ones that could be used in IVF procedures. Though conceding that the procedure was controversial, she thought that at some point it would become "ethically acceptable."1

Fast-forward ten years. In February 2013, Dr. Eliezer Shalev of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology reported on the possibility of creating human eggs from amniotic sac tissue.2

The Israeli quest...


is the Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity in Deerfield, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #25, Summer 2013 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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