Thirty-one years later, the first test-tube baby in mainland China gave birth to its first second-generation baby

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 Thirty-one years later, the first test-tube baby in mainland China gave birth to its first second-generation baby


Zheng Mengzhus successful delivery of healthy infants is a milestone in the history of assisted reproductive technology in China, the Third Hospital of Northern Medicine said.

DATA PICTURE: On February 25, 2008, Zheng Mengzhu held a group photo of a 4-month-old test-tube baby at the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the birth of the first test-tube baby in Beijing. Shen Jizhong

It is reported that in 1978, the worlds first test-tube baby was born in Britain. Ten years later, on March 10, 1988, Zheng Mengzhu, the first test-tube baby in mainland China, was delivered by Professor Zhang Lizhu in the Third Hospital of Northern Medicine.

According to reports, in 1986, IVF research was listed as the key project of Chinas Seventh Five-Year Plan, with Zhang Lizhu as the team leader. In addition to Zheng Mengzhu, Zhang Lizhu also nurtured the first test-tube baby donated eggs, the first frozen embryo test-tube baby and the first surrogate mother test-tube baby in mainland China. She is also known as the mother of Shenzhou test-tube baby.

DATA PHOTO: Professor Zhang Lizhu with Zheng Mengzhu in his arms is with his colleagues. Shen Jizhong

Although it started 10 years later than the international community, assisted reproductive technology has developed rapidly in China. It is reported that in the past ten years, Chinese scientists have published dozens of influential medical treatises in top international journals such as Sciences, Nature, Lancet and New England, and participated in the formulation of several international guidelines in the field of reproduction.

In addition, on September 19, 2014, the worlds first test-tube infant screened for single-gene genetic diseases by MALBAC genome amplification and high-throughput sequencing was born in the Third Hospital of North Medical College. Umbilical cord blood gene testing showed that the infant did not contain pathogenic sites.

This indicates that Chinas preimplantation genetic diagnosis technology has reached the worlds leading level, birth defects as a major reproductive health problem is being overcome, said the Third Hospital of Northern Medicine. Go back to Sohu and see more

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