Why the Medical Research Council refused Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe support for research on human conception in 1971.

@article{Johnson2010WhyTM,
  title={Why the Medical Research Council refused Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe support for research on human conception in 1971.},
  author={Martin J. Johnson and Sarah B Franklin and Matthew G. Cottingham and Nick Hopwood},
  journal={Human reproduction},
  year={2010},
  volume={25 9},
  pages={2157-74}
}
BACKGROUND In 1971, Cambridge physiologist Robert Edwards and Oldham gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe applied to the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) for long-term support for a programme of scientific and clinical 'Studies on Human Reproduction'. The MRC, then the major British funder of medical research, declined support on ethical grounds and maintained this policy throughout the 1970s. The work continued with private money, leading to the birth of Louise Brown in 1978 and transforming… CONTINUE READING
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