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Pope Pius XII condemns fertilization outside the body

1949

Pope Pius XII condemns any fertilization of human eggs outside the body, declaring that those who do so "take the Lord's work into their own hands."

Gene Therapy first Conceptualized

1972

First Successful "Test Tube Baby"

1978

Lesley Brown

Donum Vitae

1987

Instruction on respect for human life in its origin and on the dignity of procreation

Vatican Opposes IVF

05/10/1987

The Vatican issues an official statement opposing IVF.

First FDA-approved gene therapy experiment in US

1990

Genetic Selection to Prevent Diseases

1994

Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs supported use of genetic selection to prevent diseases

First Designer Baby

08/29/2000

Adam Nash - first designer baby created to save sister who suffered from Fanconia Anemia (bone marrow deficiency)

Approval of "Savior Child" in Britain

2002

Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority allowed fertility clinics in Britain to create babies to help another person

Completed draft sequencing of Human Genome

2003

Completed a draft sequencing of the human genome, or all the genes that make up our DNA

First UK Designer Baby

2003

First UK designer baby born to provide stem cells for sibling

Dignitas Personae

2008

National Birth Defects Study

2008

Analysis of the data of the National Birth Defects Study in the US found that certain birth defects were significantly more common in infants conceived through IVF