The Development of Sex-Selective Reproductive Technologies Within Fertility, Inc. and the Anticipation of Lifestyle Sex Selection

  • Rajani Bhatia


This chapter focuses on the development of sex-selective reproductive technologies within the human fertility industry and how two technologies, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), and a sperm-sorting technique (MicroSort) became acceptable. The chapter provides an historical overview of the three-stage process by which the technologies developed: first, within agriculture research, where they were prized for producing female livestock; then, within the clinical field of medical reprogenetics to avoid transmission of X-linked disease; and finally, how they were applied to fulfill lifestyle desires related to family composition as signified in “family balancing.”


Sex selection Gender selection Family balancing Biomedicalization Lifestyle 


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  • Rajani Bhatia
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  1. 1.University at Albany (SUNY)AlbanyUSA

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