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In vitro fertilization (IVF): a review of 3 decades of clinical innovation and technologic advancement

Authors Jeff Wang, Mark V Sauer

Published 15 December 2006 Volume 2006:2(4) Pages 355—364

Jeff Wang, Mark V Sauer
Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
Abstract: In vitro fertilization, popularly referred to as IVF, has captured the attention of the public since its sensational introduction in 1978. Today assisted reproductive technology is available throughout most of the civilized world, and the practice is largely different from that used during the early days. Refinements in laboratory technology and clinical practice have allowed IVF to evolve into a medical procedure that is efficient, safe, readily accessible, and relatively affordable. More than 2 million IVF children have been born to date, and it is likely that continued enhancements will widen its appeal and applicability.
Keywords: IVF, assisted reproduction

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