Fertility pioneer Jones still telling his story

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Virginia scientist behind the country's first in-vitro fertilization baby is turning 102 on Sunday.

Dr. Howard Jones Jr. also is celebrating the publication of his latest book. It discusses the moral and legal implications of the in-vitro fertilization technique that once was considered radical but is commonplace today.

Jones has become an outspoken critic of the so-called personhood bill, which would have dictated in state law that life begins at conception.

Jones tells The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/ZznYES) he stepped up efforts to finish his latest book after that, hoping to explain the biology involved in the highly emotional debate.

Jones and his wife, Dr. Georgeanna Seegar Jones, worked at Eastern Virginia Medical School to produce this country's first in-vitro fertilization program with the birth of Elizabeth Carr in December 1981.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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