Articles by Pooja Jairam


From Vision to Verisimilitude

In the film Gattacca, parents use genetic selection techniques to create the baby that they want, and typically, parents choose the embryo with the most physically fit characteristics [1]. The techniques present in this 1997 film are nearly at our fingertips in an even more revolutionary form. Our ability to pick and choose specific traits…

The un­-Broken Coffee Mug

This piece is a work of fiction inspired by non-fiction research. A 27-year-old woman walks into the door of my practice.  She is completely healthy but wants her first baby to be delivered by a C-section.  I have never encountered this situation before and many questions start running through my head: Why doesn’t she want…

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