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Researchers from Leicester University and the University of Western Australia in Perth examined birth records over a five-year period to reach their findings, which were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr Jennifer Kurinczuk, an epidemiologist at Leicester University, and co-author of the report, said: 'We found infants conceived with assisted reproductive techniques were more than twice as likely as naturally conceived infants to have major birth defects diagnosed during the first year of life.'
They found that nine per cent of invitro babies suffered birth defects compared with four per cent of natural conceptions.
The defects ranged from minor chromosomal abnormalities to serious and multiple deformities affecting the muscles and skeleton.