[LMB] LMB science in real life

Nora Bombay nbombay at mindspring.com
Mon, 11 Feb 2002 21:46:52 -0500

>Andrew wrote:

>Isn't that a bit young, especially for something like this that _Can't_ be 
>an accident[1]?


Louise Brown was the first test tube baby, born in 1978. Makes her all of 
23 now.

Her younger sister was born in like 1981.

Between 1978-2000, hundreds of thousands of "test tube babies" were born. 
Of various types of in-vitro fertilization.

Well, in 1999/2000, Louise's little sister, got pregnant at the age of 16. 
Had a baby. She was the first "test tube baby" to give birth her self.

Not surprising, since Louise, the first baby by at least a year or so, is 
only _now_ at 23, entering the standard Western childbearing age.  The 
sister's accidental baby was the first, and put to rest any fears about the 
fertility level or such of the grown up test tube babies.

Elizabeth, who should have clarified, that the 16 year old was not the one 
having the fertility issues. I mean, if you are infertile at 16,well, the 
time to fix that is when you are older, and want a baby, not when you still 
have to finish High School