The New Origins of Life

How the science of conception brings hope to childless couples

The age of the test-tube baby is fast developing. Already science has produced an array of artificial methods for creating life, offering solutions to the growing problem of infertility. In these stories, TIME explores the startling techniques, from laboratory conception to surrogate mothers, and examines the complex legal and ethical issues they raise.


A group of women sit quietly chatting, their heads bowed over needlepoint and knitting, in the gracious parlor at Bourn Hall. The mansion's carved stone mantelpieces, rich wood paneling and crystal...

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