In Vitro Kids Score as Well on Tests as Those Born the Old-Fashioned Way

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The in vitro kids are all right. Credit: Getty Images

Test tube babies may not be mutant freaks after all.

Scientists have long been curious about what mental, emotional and physical effects might develop in children conceived through in vitro fertilization. You know, like if they would grow four arms or something.

It would make a great science fiction movie.

But the kids are all right. So far. The latest evidence of this comes out of the University of Iowa, where researchers looked at the academic tests of 423 kids ages 8 to 17 born through in vitro fertilization. Then they looked at the scores of 327 kids in the same age group conceived the old-fashioned way.

Guess what? There was no big difference.

The study's lead author, the UI's Dr. Bradley Van Voorhis, tells the Des Moines Register the study amounts to a big sigh of relief.

"Our findings are reassuring for clinicians and patients," he says.

Van Voorhis' study, published in the Oct. 10 issue of the journal Human Reproduction, concludes that the means of conception "does not have any detrimental effects on a child's intelligence or cognitive development."

In fact, kids conceived through in vitro fertilization generally scored higher than their peers in reading, language, math and vocabulary.

Van Voorhis tells the Register that could be because of the higher socioeconomic status and age of the in vitro kids' parents. On the other hand, researchers did not have information on the age, marital status and education of parents in the control group.

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