Most surrogates are paid thousands of dollars to bear a child for someone else, but many say that's not the main motivation. Women who are eager to get pregnant on behalf of others are inspired, among other things, by family history and a love of pregnancy.
Despite criticism that schools with Tech Transfer programs are chasing big paydays that will never come, officials at Virginia universities say the other benefits of fostering innovation still outweigh the costs.
Researchers want to create a widely effective drug that targets viruses much in the same way that penicillin kills a wide range of bacteria. Science writer Carl Zimmer profiles the scientists who are developing these antiviral drugs, and the technology behind it, in his latest piece for Wired magazine.
Getting pregnant is not always easy. For some it can take months if not years. Many turn to assisted reproductive technology, with the cost running to thousands of dollars. The emotional cost can be even higher. The trials and tribulations of trying to have a baby.
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