Science: Sex Control

For years a technique for determining sex at the time of conception has been plugged by the New York Daily News (TIME, Dec. 23, 1940). The News advocates preliminary douching with bicarbonate of soda to get males, with lactic acid to get females. Last month this theory was lambasted by the Journal of Heredity, which called it "delightfully cockeyed but potentially dangerous."

The News's Sex Control Reporter Carl Warren cited an independent investigation at the University of Illinois which gave impressive support to his theory. He insists that "science has muffed a great discovery which . . . may be dug out...

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