When the first human egg was fertilized in a lab in 1944, the news spread like wildfire; the press quickly coined the term “test tube baby.”
Genius and pioneer, a man both unorthodox and eccentric, Landrum Shettles attempted one of the world’s first test tube babies but was never able to achieve success.
In 1944 Miriam Menkin performed the first laboratory fertilization of a human egg. But Menkin would soon be forced to leave the lab she loved, and test tube babies would remain decades away.
Drs. Howard and Georgeanna Jones postponed their retirement to open an in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic in Virginia and ended up presiding over the birth of America’s first test tube baby.