25 July 2008
Celebrate 25 July
Today is the 30th birthday of Louise Joy Brown, of Bristol, UK. You don't know who that is, do you? I think she rather prefers it that way. Mrs. Brown was the first baby ever born who was conceived via in vitro fertilization—she was, in the parlance of the time, the first test-tube baby. IVF has come a long way in the last 30 years but regardless of your stance on the issue it has been a source of joy to thousands of couples who would otherwise have been unable to conceive. I don't know how you want to toast Mrs. Brown's birthday, but it's a little late to send a card.