History of Artificial Insemination

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What is the origin of Artificial Insemination?

History of Artificial Insemination

Artificial Insemination is practiced by bees and many other flying insects, and is utilized by plants for reproduction. It was initially created by man to improve biology in farm animals, with the first animal being cattle. It then spread to include: sheep, rabbits, swine, horses, goats, poultry, and then to endangered species, such as the California Condor. It wasn't until the 20th century that the technique was developed for use in humans, and gained widespread popularity in the 1970's.

It is believed that AI was initially created for humans as a type of selective breeding process to limit or eliminate defects in humans, by several medical professionals of the time, including: Dr. William Pancoat, Francic Crick and Dr. William Shockley. It is now widely used to assist otherwise infertile couples to conceive, with ever-improving success rates.



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