Monday, July 10, 2006


The Gift that keeps on giving

The world's first test-tube baby Louise Brown is expecting a baby of her own. Almost 26 years after the dawn of a new medical era - science in place of sex - Brown is doing her bit for the globe.

Brown's birth was the result of 12 years of research by a British team, Dr Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe who pioneered in vitro fertilization (IVF). Although Dr Steptoe died when she was 10, Dr Edwards was the guest of honour at Louise's wedding at Bristol's St Mary Redcliffe church.

Louise was born on July 25, 1978, after her parents John and Lesley had tried for nine years to have a child. Her birth brought hope to infertile couples. And since then millions of babies have been born using IVF, including the couple's second child Natalie, 20 - who was the first Brown to conceive.

She said:

'I used to think I was special. I used to think about how I was conceived quite a lot when I was about ten or 11, but I don't think about it at all now that so many other babies have been born in the same way. "


The first dude to be conceived through no sex became a legend and is helping sustain a religion. Me, all I got was a stinking autographed lab coat. Lousy scientists.

Brown should know if she wants to vacation in Canada soon that Choice Hotels Canada would be pleased to offer her deal. The hotel chain recently announced a newly developed member partnership with - the IVF resource group in Canada. Choice Hotels Canada is the largest hotel chain in the country with over 270 properties open and under development, representing seven distinctive brands from coast to coast, including Comfort, Comfort Suites, Quality, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Econo Lodge and Rodeway. This is further proof that nobody pays the "rack rate."

Or she could rest easy knowing that she helped create a new banking industry.

Wonders will never cease!
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