In July 1978 Louise Brown was the world’s first baby to be born through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).
Pioneered by Patrick Steptoe CBE and Sir Robert Edwards, it enables couples with a range of fertility problems to conceive and now allows same-sex couples and single parents to have children too.
Technological advancements mean that over 6 million people worldwide have been born through this process with reportedly half of these in the last 15 years.
Incremental steps mean the success rate for each round of IVF has grown from 10% to 40% since the early 80s. The process is improving all the time with technological advances and the use of donor eggs, sperm and embryos too.
With the continual developments in scientific studies, we strive to bring you the latest in technological advances from around the world as it happens.