50 years ago, scientists took baby steps toward selecting sex | Science News

Real Science. Real News.

Science News is a nonprofit.

Support us by subscribing now.


50 Years Ago

50 years ago, scientists took baby steps toward selecting sex

Excerpt from the August 3, 1968 issue of Science News

By
1:49pm, July 20, 2018
in vitro fertilization

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE  The modern science of in vitro fertilization began 50 years ago, with an experiment in rabbits that selected for their sex.

Toward preselected sex

Robert Edwards and Richard Gardner of Cambridge University … say they have been able to remove rabbit embryos … then reimplant only the blastocysts destined to develop into the chosen sex. The implications are obvious and enormous. If this procedure could be extended easily to man there might, for instance, be imbalances, even fads, in the selection by parents of one sex of child over another. — Science News, August 3, 1968.

Update

Edwards helped pioneer in vitro fertilization, resulting in the first IVF baby in 1978 and a Nobel Prize

Get Science News headlines by e-mail.

More from Science News

From the Nature Index Paid Content