Navigation Links
Why the MRC didn't fund research that led to the birth of the world's first test tube baby
Date:7/24/2010

Thirty-two years ago today, the world's first baby was born after in vitro fertilisation. However, the work that led to the birth of Louise Brown on 25 July 1978 had to be privately funded after the UK's Medical Research Council decided in 1971 against providing the Cambridge physiologist Robert Edwards and the Oldham gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe with long-term financial support. Today, an intriguing paper published in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction [1] reveals for the first time the reasoning behind the MRC's much-criticised decision.

The authors of the research, led by Martin Johnson, Professor of Reproductive Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and funded by the Wellcome Trust, write: "The failure of Edwards' and Steptoe's application for long-term support was not simply due to widespread establishment hostility to IVF. It failed, we argue for more complex reasons".

These reasons included:

  • A strategic error by Edwards and Steptoe when they declined an invitation from the MRC to join a new, directly funded Clinical Research Centre at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow. They preferred to ask for long-term grant support at the University of Cambridge, but this meant they had to compete for funding with all the other research projects bidding for MRC support. This was also difficult for Cambridge, which lacked the back-up of an academic Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at that time.

  • Most of the MRC referees who were consulted on the proposal considered, in line with government policy, that it was more important to limit fertility and the growth of Britain's population than to treat infertility. Treating infertility was seen as experimental research rather than as therapeutic.

  • Concerns about embryo quality (would babies be born with severe abnormalities?) and patient safety made the referees doubt the wisdom of funding embryo transfer without conducting stud
    '/>"/>

Contact: Emma Mason
wordmason@mac.com
European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute researchers isolate importance of gene in breast cancer prognosis
2. $9M NIH grant renewal awarded to Case Western Reserve/UHCMC Center for AIDS Research
3. Researchers pinpoint key stem cells for eating and sex
4. Research links recreational pool disinfectants to health problems
5. BUSPH researchers link widely used chemicals to ADHD in children
6. Research consortium at CHLA receives $410,000 to study leukemia and lymphoma
7. Concordia researcher leads study that finds kids reduce physical activity for heart patients
8. U of Us Janice Morse inducted into International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
9. Researchers Use Ecstasy to Treat PTSD
10. Licensed Florida Tech research makes lab work easier
11. New research finds major activation themes in denture-stomatitis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/20/2014)... December 20, 2014 Atore, Inc, (San ... just launched first birthday focused portal on December 17th, ... MESSAGE” launched in both US and Japan. , MERRY ... : http://merrybirthday.net/message/ , MERRY BIRTHDAY MESSAGE is ... around the world. , Features, Choose from thousands of ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... (PRWEB) December 20, 2014 The aftermath of ... quite a stir, not only in Hollywood, but worldwide. ... 18th , the ripples of that attack are starting a ... jobs at risk. But they are not the only ... could be in for some embarrassing times ahead, agents and ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... 2014 Recently, AngelWeddingDress.com has introduced its ... for the coming Christmas. In the promotion, all buyers ... , “We have something special for the women who ... season. Moreover, our new collections of 2015 dresses have ... now at greatly discounted prices. Visit our website now ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... Developers of FCPX 3rd ... plugin for Final Cut Pro X entitled TranSlice Volume ... allows users to create hand drawn text animations without ... CEO of Pixel Film Studios. “TranSlice Volume 5 was ... an easy to use interface.” , TranSlice Volume 5 ...
(Date:12/20/2014)... 2014 Xarelto bleeding lawsuits filed ... uncontrollable bleeding and other serious side effects will be ... Louisiana for coordinated pretrial proceedings, Wright & Schulte LLC ... issued an order Friday to transfer 21 Xarelto lawsuits ... federal courts to the Louisiana district court for coordination ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Atore, Inc. Releasing the First Birthday Portal 2Health News:Sony Pictures Hack Perfect Example of the Reach a Single Cyber Attack Can Have 2Health News:Sony Pictures Hack Perfect Example of the Reach a Single Cyber Attack Can Have 3Health News:Sony Pictures Hack Perfect Example of the Reach a Single Cyber Attack Can Have 4Health News:Sony Pictures Hack Perfect Example of the Reach a Single Cyber Attack Can Have 5Health News:AngelWeddingDress Has Introduced Its Special Offer For The Coming Christmas 2Health News:Pixel Film Studios released a new transition entitled TranSlice Volume 5 exclusively for Final Cut Pro X 2Health News:Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Consolidated To Louisiana Federal Court For Multi-District Litigation Reports Wright & Schulte LLC 2Health News:Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Consolidated To Louisiana Federal Court For Multi-District Litigation Reports Wright & Schulte LLC 3Health News:Xarelto Bleeding Lawsuits Consolidated To Louisiana Federal Court For Multi-District Litigation Reports Wright & Schulte LLC 4
... takes pictures of the intestine, experts explain , FRIDAY, Oct. ... of the inside of the small intestine can help doctors ... up to 15 years, U.S. researches report. , Capsule endoscopy ... and intestines. Patients swallow a capsule that contains a camera ...
... TOPEKA, Kan., Oct. 19 Attorney General Paul ... new 30-second,radio public service announcements set to air on ... with the busy fall season and will,air more than ... "With teens heading off to parties, dances and ...
... New York City to Meet Breslin, ... in Need During the Holidays, BETHEL, Conn., Oct. 19 ... search for Duracell Holiday,Ambassadors to help "Power A Smile" this ... for her Academy Award,nominated role in "Little Miss Sunshine," to ...
... Today, Integrated,Healthcare Holdings, Inc. ("IHHI") (OTC Bulletin ... announced that effective October 9, 2007, it,has completed ... instruments. The,Company said that it closed escrow on ... of Anaheim, California, in the total,amount of $140.7 ...
... U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Dr. Harold Freeman, Lovell A. Jones, PhD, and ... ... The National Conference on African Americans and Cancer ... This national cancer care and prevention forum convenes primary ...
... is National,Mammography Day, and the American Cancer Society is ... especially in light of recent data,suggesting a decline in ... the June 15, 2007 issue of CANCER found a ... decades of increasing mammography use, which has contributed to ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Video 'Pill' Spots Hidden Crohn's Disease 2Health News:Morrison Takes Aim at Underage Drinking in New Radio Campaign 2Health News:Duracell and Actress Abigail Breslin Search for Holiday Ambassadors 2Health News:Duracell and Actress Abigail Breslin Search for Holiday Ambassadors 3Health News:IHHI Announces Completion of Re-Financing 2Health News:National Conference Aims to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer Treatment and Deaths for African Americans 2Health News:National Conference Aims to Eliminate Disparities in Cancer Treatment and Deaths for African Americans 3Health News:American Cancer Society Marks National Mammography Day by Reinforcing Importance of Mammograms 2Health News:American Cancer Society Marks National Mammography Day by Reinforcing Importance of Mammograms 3
(Date:12/19/2014)... -- In the Friday, December 19 edition of USA ... Technology (HIT) features Konica Minolta, the company announced today. The supplement ... leading healthcare organizations. In addition to the print ... as New York , Chicago ... Minneapolis and San Francisco ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... TODAY, AEGATE, the leader in medicine verification ... of Peter Fox as Chief Technology Officer ... Officer. Peter has served as Development Director ... Oracle in 2011. Prior to Datanomic, Peter ... and subsequently Convergys, a world renowned billing system for ...
(Date:12/19/2014)... , Dec. 19, 2014  Newport Corporation ... Siddhartha Kadia, Ph.D. has joined the company,s Board ... Executive Officer and a director of Evans Analytical ... testing, evaluation and analytical services to companies in ... Prior to joining Evans Analytical Group, Dr. Kadia ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:USA Today Supplement Featuring Konica Minolta Focuses on Impact of Healthcare IT 2Aegate Appoints new CTO and Chief Channels & Partner Officer 2Aegate Appoints new CTO and Chief Channels & Partner Officer 3Aegate Appoints new CTO and Chief Channels & Partner Officer 4Siddhartha Kadia, Ph.D. Joins Board of Directors of Newport Corporation 2
... VPHM ) today announced that Vincent Milano, president ... Citi 2011 Global Healthcare Conference at 2:00 P.M. ET on ... the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City. ... ViroPharma, will present at the Cowen & Company 31st Annual ...
... ANGELES, Feb. 28, 2011 InstaCare Corp. (OTC Bulletin ... of direct to patient diabetes programs, a leading provider ... ill, and a leading developer of revolutionary cell phone ... Thursday, February 24, 2011, the Company filed a utility ...
Cached Medicine Technology:ViroPharma to Participate in Two March Healthcare Conferences 2InstaCare Files Full Utility Patent for MD@Hand & MD@Work Technologies 2InstaCare Files Full Utility Patent for MD@Hand & MD@Work Technologies 3
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
... national reference laboratory and a worldwide leader ... offers an extensive test menu of highly ... and anatomic pathology. Owned by the University ... than half of the nation's university teaching ...
... a national reference laboratory and a worldwide ... ARUP offers an extensive test menu of ... clinical and anatomic pathology. Owned by the ... more than half of the nation's university ...
Medicine Products: