First-Ever Puppies Born via IVF

Dec 17, 2015

By Joseph Ax

NEW YORK, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Rarely is a major scientific breakthrough so darn cute.

Researchers at Cornell University in New York State and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., announced on Wednesday the first litter of puppies born through in vitro fertilization.

The seven puppies were born on July 10 and include five beagles and two beagle-cocker spaniel mixes. The results were published on Wednesday in the science journal PLOS ONE.

The process of in vitro fertilization, in which eggs are fertilized with sperm outside the body before the embryos are implanted into a female, has been in use since the 1970s to assist in human birth.

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