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The future of baby-making: Stanford’s Russ Altman hosts a discussion

Russ Altman on radioWanna talk about making babies? Russ Altman, MD, PhD, a Stanford professor of bioengineering, genetics and medicine, does. He recently dedicated an episode of the "Future of Everything" radio show, which he hosts and which originally appeared on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, to the topic.

After giving some background on the (old-fashioned) way that he and wife brought three children to the world and providing a helpful, 30-second genetics lesson for listeners, Altman chatted with Stanford law professor Hank Greely, JD, author of the book The End of Sex. Greely holds the controversial view that (in Altman's words) "in the next 20-40 years, among people with good health coverage, sexual intercourse will not be used to conceive children."

To learn about how Greely predicts babies will be created, and to hear about things like preimplantation genetic diagnoses and reproductive tourism, have a listen.

Previously: Stanford’s Irving Weissman and Hank Greely talk stem cells and sex on Science Friday and The end of sex? Maybe not just yet and The end of sex?
Photo by L.A. Cicero

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