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Making babies: the next 30 years

Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby, was born 30 years ago this month after being conceived outside the body using in vitro fertilization (IVF). Helen Pearson asks what developments in reproductive medicine could have an equivalent impact in the next three decades.

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See Editorial, page 253, and Essay, page 280 See also Correspondence — IVF: stars may have to consider the risk of stolen parenthood and IVF: tight regulation may not be suitable for all cultures

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Pearson, H. Making babies: the next 30 years. Nature 454, 260–262 (2008).

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