Column: Invisible Ancestors

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

TitleColumn: Invisible Ancestors

Snippet: Welcome to Health Class 101 and Science 102. It’s been years since the first artificial insemination took place. The first test tube baby (in-vitro fertilization) was born in 1978. Both of these procedures prove science can help make a baby.

In the cattle world, they have artificial insemination down to a…science. Farmers can now choose regular semen (rolling the gender dice) or sexed semen (almost always guaranteed a female). Cows are more desired than bulls for obvious reasons.

Behind closed doors, and perhaps in the kitchen, scientists are working to create human eggs and sperm. One experiment involves mice and their manufacturing of eggs and sperm from their skin tissue. They are already in the testing stages, evaluating their reproduction success and tweaking the components to see if better results can be had.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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