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Development of in vitro fertilization in Australia

Development of in vitro fertilization in Australia
In vitro fertilization (IVF) began in Melbourne in 1970 when Carl Wood founded a research group at the Queen Victoria Hospital. The group reported the first biochemical pregnancy from a transferred IVF embryo in 1973. The group included the Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne, and they were the first to report confirmation of the British group’s pregnancies with the use of IVF in natural cycles in 1980. The group then split, and the Monash group pursued fertility drug–induced multiple follicle growth in controlled ovulatory cycles and demonstrated for the first time that they could achieve multiple pregnancies in 1980–1981.

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