Dr Brian Lieberman, IVF specialist, June 1987.
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Dr Lieberman (b 1942), head of the IVF (in vitro fertilisation) unit at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester with two of the children he helped to create; Melisa Wyche, four weeks old, and Richard Loxan, two. IVF is the fertilisation of egg and sperm outside the body (hence the term 'test tube babies'. Gynecologist Patrick Steptoe and physiologist Robert Edwards worked together to produce the world's first baby born by means of IVF. Louise Joy Brown was born in Britain on July 25, 1978. This procedure is now widely available to women who, because of infertility or other problems, would otherwise be unable to conceive.