This is just some history and thw slippery sloap we went down in the name of science.
How animal embryo research led to the first documented human IVF.
Department of Biological Sciences, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA.
Research studies using animal gametes led to the first documented human IVF in 1969. A key contribution was the development of a reliable culture medium for IVF of hamster oocytes, which was then used successfully with human gametes in the laboratory.
**1978: First ‘test tube baby’ born
The birth of the world’s first “test tube baby” has been announced in Manchester.
Louise Brown was born shortly before midnight in Oldham and District General Hospital.
Weighing 5lb 12oz (2.61 kg) the baby was delivered by caesarean section because her mother, Lesley Brown, was suffering from toxaemia.
The consultant in charge of the case, Mr Patrick Steptoe, said: “All examinations showed that the baby is quite normal. The mother’s condition after delivery was also excellent.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/img/t_quo.gifAll examinations showed the baby is quite normal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/img/b_quo.gifMr Patrick Steptoe, consultant gynaecologist
http://news.bbc.co.uk/shared/img/o.gifMrs Brown, 29, has blocked fallopian tubes so she and her husband, 39, have been undergoing in vitro fertility treatment.
Last November Mrs Brown had an embryo - of her egg and her husband’s sperm - implanted in her womb after it had been fertilized in a laboratory.
The technique is being pioneered by consultant gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and Cambridge research physiologist Robert Edwards.
“This work may be developed in other respects. It may include the reversal of sterilization,” Dr Edwards told a press conference at Prestwich Hospital, Manchester.
More than 5,000 couples have applied for the new fertility treatment already and there are 20,000 women in the UK with blockages similar to that experienced by Lesley Brown.
None of the main religions have an official policy on artificial insemination, but the Roman Catholic Church has raised the strongest objection.
The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Cardinal Gordon Gray said: “I have grave misgivings about the possible implications and consequences for the future.” Louise Brown’s financial future has been assured by the sale of newspaper rights for her story worth about £300,000