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Test tube babies?
I know, I know.
The term “test tube” has been used to describe babies who are born with a tube through their head or stomach and whose body parts cannot be controlled through surgery.
But what if that’s not really what is happening?
What if it’s just a test tube?
There are now hundreds of tests being carried out by doctors around the world and many of them have turned up positive for drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy.
One group of researchers is attempting to answer that question by studying how test tube children behave.
Their research is being conducted by a group called the Test Tube Research Foundation (TTFRF).
The foundation is based at Imperial College London, but has recently begun to publish research in the US and Australia, including a study on children who were born with test tube defects and were raised by foster parents.
TTFRFs research has already been conducted on children in Australia and in the UK, and they’re currently recruiting a further 300 children to participate in the study.
“We are now starting to see a trend that we’re not going to see in the next few years, where it becomes less and less likely that test tube families will ever be involved in the operation of the baby,” said Professor Mark Hahn, the foundation’s director of research.
Test tube babies are often raised by their parents in a “safe” environment, and most test tube parents feel their children are being well cared for.
But the researchers want to know if the babies behave differently when they’re raised in a home with an experienced foster parent or an older sibling.
This research will be presented at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) International Congress on Childbirth and Pregnancy this November in London.
The researchers are also planning to use this information to better understand the risks of test tube operation and how to minimize those risks.
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