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Test Tube Baby / British Birth #54883

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 1978
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(Studio) Birth in Britain of world's first test tube baby noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Oldham, England) Details given about fertilization process used to impregnate Mrs. Lesley Brown, who has delivered healthy baby girl at Oldham General Hospital. John Brown noted as father. Collaborators on experiment are gynecologist Dr. Patrick Steptoe and Cambridge physiologist Dr. Robert Edwards. [STEPTOE - discusses future of using procedure widely.] [EDWARDS - discusses future of procedure and possible effects.] Ethical questions raised by success of experiment outlined; Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World" mentioned.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(NYC) Details about female infertility and examinations for causes given. Problems still to be solved in connection with wide use of test tube fertilization procedure outlined.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

(Studio) London physicians' performance of another implantation procedure soon after successful birth of Brown child reported Vatican spokesperson's reaction to test tube birth stated. Muslim and Jewish reaction given.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Bergman, Jules;
Jennings, Peter;
Laurence, John

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