Public Lecture in York – The Many Births of the Test-tube Baby

May 6, 2015, University of York

You are warmly invited to a public lecture with Dr. Nick Hopwood, ‘The many births of the test-tube baby’ which takes place on Wednesday 6 May 2015 in the Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, starting at 6:00​pm​. All are welcome and no booking necessary.

Born following in vitro fertilization in Oldham in 1978, Louise Brown made global news as the first ‘test-tube baby’. Yet since the 1940s various researchers had already reported having fertilized human eggs to produce embryos and even infants. The lecture will ask how they pressed these claims and how their colleagues assessed and contested them. The answer will pay special attention to the negotiation of standard criteria in journals, textbooks and newspapers, at conferences and on television. The result will be fresh perspectives on a founding achievement of reproductive biomedicine and on communication in science after World War II.

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Posted: April 28, 2015