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In today's world, the test for pregnancy is only a pharmacy, and minutes, away. This wasn't always the case, however. Until 1978 no definitive means existed for at-home pregnancy testing. This site, from the National Institutes of Health, traces the history of the test back to its earliest roots at NIH. The site includes historical information on the early Egyptian practice of women urinating on wheat and barley to the more modern research into human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the so-called pregnancy hormone sought out by pregnancy test kits. An interesting part of the site includes stories from people whose lives have been affected by the pregnancy test. At the Your Stories link, visitors can either add a story or read what's been submitted so far.
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