Learn about the development of In Vitro Fertisation with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.
“In Vitro Fertilisation”, also known as IVF, is concerned with enabling infertile couples to have children. As a result of IVF, thousands of couples and individuals have been able to fulfil their dream of procreating. To fully appreciate the complexities of IVF it is important to know the history of experiments in reproduction. It all began in 1866, when there were reports of a successful human birth from Artificial Insemination, or AI, in the United States. By the 1920s, AI was practiced in various medical offices around Europe.
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In this instalment, listeners are taken into the history and science of in vitro fertilization, perhaps the single most important technological development in human procreation. While the first report of successful in vitro fertilization happened in the 19th century, widespread use of the practice was not common until the 1920s. Its bumpy history includes denunciations from the pope, but many thousands of couples would not have been able to conceive without it.
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