On the 40th anniversary of the first IVF in the USA – the first baby Elizabeth Jordan Carr looks at how science today has produced a new world first – baby Aurea.
Forty years ago I was a few cells in a petri dish in Norfolk, Virginia. When I was born it caused a sensation and a storm of controversy about scientific ethics. I was the first IVF baby born in the USA
It all happened in Virginia thanks to pioneering work by Doctors Howard and Georgeanna Jones, because my birth would have been illegal in my home state of Massachusetts. Today millions of IVF babies have been born through IVF and it brings hope to would-be parents with fertility issues throughout the world.
Those at the forefront of science around childbirth still face major ethical questions and arguments. We do not seem to have learned to trust our scientists.
Aurea Smigrodzki was born in the USA last summer. She is the latest baby at the forefront of science. She is the first baby in history to be conceived with the help of polygenic testing. The test is fully named “preimplantation genetic testing for polygenic disorders”, or PGT-P for short.