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Frozen Babies

Sat, 25th May 2002

Part of the show What is a Virus and How do Viruses Cause Disease - Stacey Efstathiou

Last week a healthy baby girl was born using IVF treatment. That's nothing new - but what's special about this particular kid is that she was developed from an embryo that had been frozen for 9 years, breaking the existing world record for growing a baby from a frozen embryo, which stood at 8 years ! So far doctors have not found any evidence that freezing embryos does the future babies any harm. But the concept is a little strange - does this mean that this girl is already 9 years old even though she has only just been born ?! Apparently in America there have already been custody battles over frozen embryos !
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