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Worldwide report shows an increase in assisted reproduction: an estimated 250,000 babies are born in one year

29 May 2009

Assisted reproductive technology (ART) is responsible for an estimated 219,000 to 246,000 babies born each year worldwide according to an international study. The study also finds that the number of ART procedures is growing steadily: in just two years (from 2000 to 2002) ART activity increased by more than 25%. The study, which is published in Europe’s leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction, gives figures and estimates for the year 2002, the most recent year for which world figures are available.

From the paper: World Collaborative Report on Assisted Reproductive Technology, 2002 International Committee for Monitoring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ICMART): Jacques de Mouzon, Paul Lancaster, Karl Gosta Nygren, Elisabeth Sullivan, Fernando Zegers-Hochschild, Ragaa Mansour, Osamu Ishihara and David Adamson

Published in Human Reproduction, Advance Access, May 29 2009

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