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Making Babies Outside Of The Womb Has Never Been So Easy

A little more than forty years ago, one of the first attempts at in-vitro fertilization ended when the chairman of the OB-GYN department at New York's Columbia-Presbyterian hospital took the test tube containing the growing embryos out of the incubator that was keeping them alive. The doctor who'd been growing them hadn't asked permission, and the chairman had plenty of reasons to step in—the equipment wasn't sterile, the hospital could be liable if the baby turned out wrong, the experiment was against federal regulations.