It would have been just two months since somebody would have got married in my family. And my grandmom starts asking them “When is the good news coming?”
To people of our generation this sounds so insane! “C’mmon, it’s not even a year! We have just started to get to know each other, why another one between us now? “Lo, let’s witness all sides of earth, getting into the family way can follow later”.
Definitely pleasing excuses!
Today I was going through a research paper on the newly developed artificial ovary. And I could not help contemplating – “Is this a laudable situation?”
Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have invented the first artificial human ovary. According to Sandra Carson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the ovary is a new means for conducting fertility research and could also yield infertility treatments for cancer patients. The paper’s lead author, Stephan Krotz said “Immature eggs could be salvaged and frozen before the onset of chemotherapy or radiation and then matured outside the patient in the artificial ovary”. The team has already used the lab-grown organ to mature human eggs.
Coupled withthe increase in the number of women who delay first childbirthbeyond the age of 35, the use of chemotherapy for treating cancer has resulted in a large proportion of women cancer patients facing infertility. And the idea of this new ovary is definitely a blessing for those young womendiagnosed with cancer.
On the other hand, advances as building an artificial ovary alarms us that there are increasing issues to be dealt with in the medical arena. Reading such articles, I feel health has become based mostly on treatments. And more stronger the treatments are being developed, lesser are the concerns for prevention. And inspite of such medical discoveries being hyped about every other day, there are still thousands of people sacrificing their lives to a deadly disorder everyday. It looks like all those researchers and doctors in some part of the world explore, invent, discover and rediscover efficiently only to give hope to the common man saying “Destroy yourself the best. We are there”. This was what I felt when I read about a woman of Texas telling a judge that she wanted the rights to collect her dead twenty-one-year-old son’s sperm to make a grandchild.
Whether it’s the lifestyle factor or the environmental factor, a self-awareness related to the critical health concerns need to be thought about. While we are busy adapting ourselves best to this ever-expanding log phase of earth, some new disease in somebody somewhere should give us a pinch to realise we might not be far from the somebody and somewhere.
Though this invention has nothing to do with delay in childbirth and infertility, it is definitely coming to remind us not to expand the list of longing mothers-to-be! Beware young women!
Original pulication on the artificial ovary http://www.springerlink.com/content/9t612k868w3263g1/
Fertility and cancer therapy http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/cgi/content/full/11/5/422
Human Egg on a needle Environmental Graffiti