People desperate to have children are a great source of income for canny businesspeople. The market for eggs, IVF and surrogacy is huge. If nature doesn't oblige, medical science plus commercial providers will help – if you can afford it.
The world's first test-tube baby was born in 1978. Four decades later, gynecologist Wolfgang Würfel says there are still open questions about the limits of in vitro fertilization, particularly in Germany.
Infertility comes with devastating social, cultural, emotional and economic consequences for young couples in Africa. Access to assisted reproductive services remains their biggest challenge.
Berlin zoologists have succeeded in producing living rhinoceros embryos from stored sperm of the northern white rhinoceros. The breakthrough nourishes hope of bringing the nearly extinct species back to life.
A German man was forced to pay child support for a son he never agreed to have after his ex-wife used his sperm samples for IVF treatment. European laws on who are parents have been slow to adapt to changing societies.
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