Louise Brown

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FROM OVARIAN FREEZING TO GENE EDITING, HOW BABIES ARE MADE MAY LOOK VERY DIFFERENT IN THE 21ST CENTURY In 2016, a 24-year-old woman gave birth t(...)

He Jiankui guides a laboratory staff member at the Direct Genomics lab in Shenzhen,  China. The scientist has claimed to have  created the world’s first gene-edited twin baby girls, ‘Lulu’ and ‘Nana’, whose genetic alterations could make them immune to HIV. Photograph: VCG via Getty Images

News that Chinese scientist He Jiankui successfully applied new gene-editing technology to create genetically modified human embryos immune to the HIV(...)

“When it works it is the best thing in the world.” Above, Marie, Brian and Padraig (8) O’Callaghan

Louise Brown, the first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) baby, was born 40 years ago today at Oldham General Hospital in England. Known at the time as th(...)

Since 1978, more than 6 million babies have been born through IVF across the world and over 2 per cent of European births are now through IVF. Photograph: iStock

It is “critical” that fertility treatment be publicly funded and legally regulated here, a pioneer in the field has warned. Professor Simon Fishel, f(...)

Prof Robert Harrison: oversaw  births of about 4,000 babies using fertility technology. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The death has occurred of Prof Robert Harrison, who pioneered IVF-assisted birth technology in Ireland. Prof Harrison, who was 76, died in Dublin on (...)

IUI involves the injection of a prepared sperm from the male partner into the woman’s womb around the time of ovulation.

In approximately one fifth of infertility cases the cause is unknown, in another fifth it is due to female problems, a further fifth of cases are cau(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar deserves credit for this first step towards much-needed regulation on assisted human reproduction. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Whatever views there are about the Government’s plans to legislate for assisted human reproduction, it can’t be accused of rushing the issue.Louise Br(...)

David Cameron: “I know what parents go through when they are concerned about these issues”

The United Kingdom will become the first country in the world to legalise the creation of so-called “three-parent IVF babies”, following a House of (...)

In some cases, IVF is not needed, say the researchers, since couples simply need more time, as “an observational study showed that 95 per cent of 350 couples planning a first pregnancy conceive within 24 months”.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) to help couples to have children is being increasingly employed on “weak” grounds, while children born through it are at (...)

 Cambridge physiologist Dr Robert Edwards pictured holding the world's first test tube baby Louise Joy Brown at Oldham General Hospital, Lancashire. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

Nobel prize-winning IVF pioneer Professor Sir Robert Edwards has died, aged 87. Prof Edwards was one of two fertility experts whose work (...)