Science: Sex to Order?

Almost everything has been tried for controlling the sex of unborn children, including the drinking by the woman (while an abbot prays) of thrice-blessed wine mixed with lion's blood by an alchemist. The New York Daily News in its salad days even had a sex-control editor. But nothing worked. Parents who wanted boys got girls, and vice versa.

One of these days, science may come to the rescue. Geneticist Manuel Gordon of Michigan State University has succeeded in partially controlling the sex of unborn rabbits. His system depends on the fact that when a mammalian ovum is fertilized, the sex of the...

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