Season 28, Episode 12 18 Ways to Make a Baby

First Aired: October 9, 2001

Exploring the progress of in-vitro fertilization technology since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown, the first child so conceived. It has become, says narrator David Ogden Stiers, “the starting point for treating almost every sort of infertility,” several of which are examined in case studies. The hour also assesses the growth of the fertility industry, ethical issues and prospects for the future, including the ability to determine everything from hair color to predisposition to diseases.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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