UK marks 40 years since birth of world's first IVF baby

Louise Brown was conceived in a British laboratory in November 1977, after Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy spent nearly a decade trying to fertilise a human egg outside the body.

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    This week marks 40 years since the world's first "test tube" baby.

    Louise Brown was born near Manchester in the UK via in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) - a medical breakthrough that has led to the birth of millions more that way around the globe.

    The Science Museum in London is celebrating that anniversary.

    Al Jazeera's Catherine Stancl reports from London.


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