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40 years ago: Success for in vitro fertilization predicted

December 30, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 30, 1970:

  • The “startling progress” of Dr. R. G. Edwards and his group of researchers in Cambridge, England, led American geneticist Dr. Bentley Glass to predict a future of “deep-freeze babies” who would be conceived from eggs and sperm preserved for years in a frozen state. Dr. Glass, making his farewell address as retiring president at the 137th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said that it was “obvious that the technique [could be] quickly and widely intended.” (The Cambridge researchers had not yet succeeded in implanting an embryo into a woman’s womb, but the birth of the first baby from this method was less than eight years away.)
  • The project manager for Perry Lake said that there was a “need to communicate with the public about the dangers of lake ice” after two young men and a nine-year-old boy were seen walking on the ice near the Paradise Point public use area. A Corps of Engineers ranger had seen the group and waved them back to shore, possibly averting a tragedy. Not only was the ice not nearly thick enough to hold weight, but even after an extended cold period, the ice would still be very dangerous due to pressure ridges, which were constantly shifting and changing.

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