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It was in October 1978, 36 years ago, that the world’s first 'test tube' baby was born, in Manchester. Consultant gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe and research physiologist Robert Edwards were pioneering the technique.

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Dr Dagan Wells

Baby Louise was to be the first of now more than five million babies born all over the world through assisted reproductive technology. From developing a better understanding of it through history, to conducting world leading research in the laboratory, the impact of infertility has captivated the attention of several students and researchers at Oxford.

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