Number of U.S.-born test-tube babies in 2012 sets record

According to an annual report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), more test-tube babies were born in the United States in 2012 than in previous years, CBS News reports.

Since the technology was introduced in the 1980s, test-tube babies born in 2012 were more than the total births of in vitro fertilization at any time since, said the report by SART, an organization of medical professionals.

Miriam Zoll, author of the 2013 book “Cracked Open: Liberty, Fertility and the Pursuit of High Tech Babies,​” said, “These treatments have consistently failed two-thirds of the time since 1978,” when the first test-tube baby was born in England.

The growing number of in vitro fertilizations is due to the increasing average age women give birth for the first time.

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