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ADVANCES IN REPRODUCTIVE TECHNIQUES GIVE COUPLES HOPE FOR CHILDREN ONCE CONSIDERED IMPOSSIBLE TO CONCEIVE

On any playground, in any nursery school, Brittany Abshire and West Redington would blend in perfectly with the other kids and the schoolyard clamor. Brittany, 2 1/2, is a chubby, mischievous chatterbox, and West, who turned one in August, is a grinning, inquisitive toddler who loves clambering up steps and the back of the sofa. As far as the world can see, there is nothing special about either of them. Wonderfully ordinary though they may be, however, young West and Brittany were conceived under extraordinary circumstances by parents who could barely believe the feat was possible. Just five years ago, in...

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