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A woman has given birth to the Democratic Republic of Congo's first ever test-tube baby.

Emmanuel, a healthy baby boy born seven weeks ago in the Kinshasa hospital, is one of only a handful of children in sub-Saharan Africa to have been created by in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

The technique — which involves taking an egg from a woman, fertilising it in the laboratory and then placing it in the woman's womb — was first developed in Britain in the 1970s as a way of tackling infertility. But ethical concerns and the high costs of the technique have limited its uptake in many poor countries.

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