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The many births of the test-tube baby

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Wednesday 6 May 2015, 6.00PM

Speaker: Nick Hopwood, University of Cambridge

Centre for Global Health Histories lecture

Please note this lecture will now be held on 6 May, not 7 May as previously advertised.  Apologies for any inconvenience. 

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.

Other lectures from the Centre for Global Health Histories include:

Please note this lecture will now be held on 6 May, not 7 May as previously advertised.  Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Location: Bowland auditorium, Berrick Saul Building

Admission: is free and open to all. No ticket required.