Baby Born From Embryo Frozen in 1990

Sets new record; previous was 13 years
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2010 8:24 AM CDT
A baby was recently born from a 20-year-old frozen embryo.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Thanks to IVF, a baby conceived 20 years ago was just recently born. The baby boy sets a new record for the longest-frozen human embryo to result in a live birth, the Telegraph reports. The previous record was 13 years. The chain of events for this baby’s birth began in 1990, when a couple who had already completed their family anonymously donated the rest of their frozen embryos to other couples.

One of those embryos resulted in the baby boy born just recently to a 42-year-old woman. She and her husband began trying to get pregnant 10 years ago, Popular Science adds. Human embryos can, in theory, be frozen indefinitely, but “adoption” of an embryo by non-biological parents is rare.

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