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Age-discriminated IVF Access and Evidence-based Ageism: Is There a Better Way?

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Age-discriminated IVF Access and Evidence-based Ageism : Is There a Better Way? / Cavaliere, G.; Fletcher, J.R.

In: Science, Technology, and Human Values, Vol. 47, No. 5, 01.09.2022, p. 986-1010.

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Cavaliere, G & Fletcher, JR 2022, 'Age-discriminated IVF Access and Evidence-based Ageism: Is There a Better Way?', Science, Technology, and Human Values, vol. 47, no. 5, pp. 986-1010. https://doi.org/10.1177/01622439211021914

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Cavaliere, G. ; Fletcher, J.R. / Age-discriminated IVF Access and Evidence-based Ageism : Is There a Better Way?. In: Science, Technology, and Human Values. 2022 ; Vol. 47, No. 5. pp. 986-1010.

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