In our March feature story, Sally Has 2 Mommies + 1 Daddy, life sciences associate editor Rebecca Skloot noted that each year, thousands of women expose themselves and their future children to fertility treatments . Yet most of these treatments have not been tested for safety, and are not subject to regulation. These technologies--like in vitro fertilization (IVF) and the method used for injecting sperm into eggs--have now been connected to a risk of serious birth defects. Though the evidence is far from complete, in the last year, at least 12 studies and articles had appeared in peer-reviewed journals suggesting a potential link between assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and problems like heart defects and genetic disorders, childhood cancer, decreased cognition and more. The government has made little movement toward overseeing ART, but Johns Hopkins University recently established the Genetics as part of their Berman Bioethics Institute, with support from the Pew Charitable Trust. This center--the first of its kind in this country--is positioned to become an ART watchdog with hopes of ensuring the safety of fertility treatments and the health of the children they produce. Recently, Pop Sci talked with Kathy Hudson, director of the new institute, about the Center's goals for the future and the future of ART.