In Tennessee, in the family of Tina and Benjamin Gibson, a girl named Emma was born. It happened on November 25, 2017, and now, a month later, the doctors state that the baby is healthy and is developing normally. What makes Emma unique is that she was born from an embryo that was frozen longer than others in the history of mankind - 24 years.
In 1992, anonymous donors deposited the embryo and it, along with dozens of others, was frozen. As requested, they were defrosted and put into operation, for example, the previous one lay in the refrigerator for 20 years. The Gibsons could not become parents naturally due to serious illnesses, and, frankly, they do not care about the record. They are just happy with their child, daughter Emma. But the scientific world is rejoicing.
24 years, a quarter of a century, such a long period that completely new technologies may appear in the world, including methods of curing previously incurable diseases. Emma's success shows that if a particular person is sick today, he can freeze his genetic material, wait for better times, heal and become a parent of a child. And, conversely, a healthy person can make a stock of healthy embryos just in case there are some risks of losing health.
An example of long-term freezing of Emma's embryo is just one in a series of many scientific and medical miracles associated with the reproduction of humanity that have appeared in recent years. Illness, disability, and congenital ailments are no longer an insurmountable obstacle to having children. I wonder what this promising new world will be like?