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Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproductive technologies

By Dyani Lewis

Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism.

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I'm Dyani Lewis. Thanks for joining us. For most people, the basics of starting a family are very much the same as they have always been. You find someone you like, have sex, and then nine months later you have a baby. But in many ways modern day pregnancy has also vastly changed. Incredible advances in assisted reproductive technologies have enabled thousands of couples who are unable to fall pregnant naturally, to have children. Even for those who do conceive naturally, there are pre-conception health checks, vitamin supplements, and self-imposed bans on soft cheeses, alcohol and spa baths. Pregnancy has become a time of caution as much as it is a time of excitement. My guest today on Up Close is a reproductive biologist who has been studying the precisely choreographed process of embryo development during early pregnancy. Garnering information from a range of different species, Dr Mark Green is looking at how hormonal, environmental and dietary factors can all have immediate, and sometimes lasting effects on the health of an embryo. Mark is from the Department of Zoology at the University of Melbourne. Welcome to Up Close, Mark.

Thanks Dyani.


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