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Brave New World

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"...fertility is merely a nuisance"

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…in the vast majority of cases, fertility is merely a nuisance. One fertile ovary in twelve hundred-that would really be quite sufficient for our purposes. But we want to have a good choice. And of course one must always have an enormous margin of safety. So we allow as many as thirty per cent of the female embryos to develop normally. The others get a dose of male sex-hormone every twenty-four metres for the rest of the course. Result: they're decanted as freemartins-structurally quite normal...but sterile. ...Which brings us at last out of the realm of mere slavish imitation of nature into the much more interesting world of human invention.

What types of conflict does this passage encapsulate?

A

Man vs. man

B

Man vs. self

C

Man vs. nature

D

Man vs. technology

E

Man vs. animal