The history of in vitro fertilization began in the late 1970s. Now, especially in North America, there is a huge market for reproductive medicine, whose sales volume is expected to double to 17 billion euros in the coming years.
British Newcastle University has obtained the first license for creating in-vitro babies with the genetic material of three people. The technique should prevent mothers from passing on mitochondria diseases to children.
Three-parent IVF techniques have been declared safe enough by British scientists to be offered in "specific circumstances." The treatments can reduce the risk of mothers passing hereditary diseases to their babies.
A Dutch medical center has launched an investigation after uncovering that dozens of women may have been fertilized by the wrong sperm. Half of the women who underwent IVF treatment are pregnant or had their babies.
Health tourism is already worth billions of dollars per year and set to grow at up to 25 percent annually over the coming decade, according to a recent study by Visa and Oxford Economics.
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