Couples will stop having sex to conceive babies within a decade and use IVF instead, scientists said yesterday. They say 30-somethings will increasingly rely on artificial methods of fertilisation because natural human reproduction is 'fairly inefficient'. It means that in future, sex will be nothing more than a leisure activity - the latest blow to the Christian idea that the role of sex is to produce children.
If the experts are right, it means the sci-fi world of books such as Brave New World, in which all children are born in 'hatcheries', could soon be closer to reality. And it raises ethical questions over whether greater use of IVF will lead to eugenics, with couples screening out characteristics they regard as undesirable. The startling vision of the future comes from John Yovich, a veterinary doctor from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia. He believes IVF can ease the pressure on couples who have delayed having children to pursue a career, because going for the test-tube option will be more effective than trying for a baby naturally.
Even young adults have no more than a one-in-four chance every month of reproducing through sex. Among the over-35s, this falls to one in ten. This compares to the near 100 per cent success rate that Dr Yovich believes will be possible with IVF within ten years.
Dr Yovich, co-author of a new report in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine, said: 'Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process. 'Within the next five to ten years, couples approaching 40 will assess the IVF industry first when they want to have a baby.' He based his hunch on the fact that in cattle, IVF works almost every time. He said there was no reason that success rate could not be replicated in humans.
Gedis Grudzinskas, a Harley Street infertility specialist, said: 'It wouldn't surprise
me if IVF does become significantly more efficient than natural reproduction, but I doubt
whether you could ever completely guarantee that it would work.' In Aldous Huxley's 1932
novel Brave New World, human reproduction has been done away with and is replaced by a
hatching process, in which groups of identical children are produced from
surgically-removed ovaries and incubated in bottles. (5.18.2010, Daniel Martin)
Procreative Sex May Soon Be a Quaint Relic, Study Says
Scientists insist we should move toward the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Center of Aldous Huxleys Brave New World. Even though the old-fashioned method of reproduction is for the most part safe, fun and effective, its a little too random of a process for a technology-oriented society. We can do better. In the year of Our Ford 108, we must achieve 100% control over this outdated method of producing future human consumers.
According to an Australian fertility specialist, in-vitro fertilization may soon be a more reliable way for us to reproduce than old-fashioned sex. Coming breakthroughs in IVF now mainly a last-ditch effort for infertile couples may bring it to the point where its more effective than the traditional approach.
It sounds like something straight out of Gattaca or Brave New World: a time when babies are routinely made not in the bedroom but in the lab, in a fine-tuned, streamlined process where success is practically guaranteed.
Natural human reproduction is at best a fairly inefficient process, John Yovich, a doctor at PIVET Medical Centre and Cains Fertility Centre in Australia, told the Daily Mail.
Yovich co-authored a study in the current issue of the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online that surveys a decade of recent advances in embryology. Today, IVF success rates hover around 40 percent, and the procedure costs thousands of dollars meaning its not exactly a cakewalk. Whats more, many scientists believe the technology has nearly reached its limits. But the authors of the study predict continued progress in the next years, asserting, Nothing proves that the future cannot be brighter.
The title of the paper asks, Can we perform better than nature? And the answer is a cautious yes.
As evidence for this claim, they cite the sex lives of none other than cows. Ranchers have been making cattle in test tubes for a long time, in part because the scientific approach allows them to control qualities like the sex of offspring. Theyve found that embryo production is a whopping 100 times more efficient when done in the lab or the farmhouse, or wherever one goes to mix cattle sperm and eggs than by letting a cow loose in a field with a horny bull. By using intracytoplasmic sperm injection, a procedure in which a single sperm is injected directly into an egg, the researchers say scientists could one day see even higher success rates in humans.
There are many examples even in reproductive biology that the natural way is not necessarily the optimal or the most efficient one, they conclude. http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-05/procreative-sex-may-soon-be-quaint-relic-study-says
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