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Science museum celebrates 40 years of IVF with new exhibition

The Science Museum has launched a new exhibition marking the 40th birthday of IVF called IVF: 6 Million Babies Later which runs until November 2018.

The exhibition illustrates the ten years of experimentation by Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy to achieve the first successful IVF birth on 25th July 1978 of Louise Brown. Visitors will be able to see the “Oldham Notebooks” chronicling the scientific data collected between 1969 to 1978 for the 282 anonymous women and the 457 IVF cycles that took place.

As well as the fascinating historical artefacts, the exhibition explores IVF today with real-life patient stories and experiences and the reality of fertility treatment through examples of the process involved. 

The London Women’s Clinic is proud to have been involved in the creation of the exhibition by donating the medical items on show, including a featured quote by our Scientific and Medical Director, Dr Kamal Ahuja, and our eye-catching enlarged videos of developing embryos which dominate the walls of the exhibition. 

On 25th July 2018, Louise Brown’s 40th birthday, the Science Museum will be hosting a “Late” which will provide a unique opportunity to attend an in-conversation event with Louise and formal doctoral student of IVF Roger Gosden.  The London Women’s Clinic will be taking part in the event providing interactive drop-in sessions throughout the night for visitors interested in finding out more about sperm donation, time-lapse technology and genetic testing of embryos.

Everyone is welcome and we'd love to see you there! For more information about the Science Museum exhibition or to attend the “Late” event please visit their website

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