IVF pioneers | 1960s

IVF was controversial from the beginning. British scientist Robert Edwards and gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe had to fund research mostly out of their own pockets.

Many people, even scientists, felt it was playing God. Many newspapers were hostile and coined the term ‘test tube babies’.

Edwards and Steptoe ignore the flak and made 60 attempts at IVF before their breakthrough created history in 1978 . . .

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