Thursday , 26 April 2018

40 years since the first ‘test-tube’ baby was born

Tanzim Taqrim

The first ‘test-tube’ baby was born in 1978. As a scientific innovation, she was the first baby born in vitro fertilization. Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edward were authoritative for this trailblazing procedure. The procedure embraces removing an egg from woman’s ovaries and fertilizing it with sperm in a laboratory. The fertilized egg is inculcated into the uterus.IVF was highly experimental at that time and it took years to dispatch success. But there was also a moralistic pushback from some people. Even renowned scientists in the field believed it wouldn’t succeed but that it shouldn’t be done. Approximately 7 million IVF babies have been born since the birth of Louise Joy Brown. It helped couples with fertility problems to apprehend. Furthermore, it also helped the single mother to have children. Live IVF birth rates vary from 13% to 43% in U.S. It is also an expensive procedure. The cost of a single IVF cycle can range from $12000-$17000. Though the procedure has gone through many changes and a technological improvement, still IVF does not assure success.

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