IVF inventor Robert Edwards wins Nobel
The British scientist who developed the process for creating "test tube" babies won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday.
Robert G. Edwards, who is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Cambridge in England, won the prize for his work with Patrick Steptoe to develop in-vitro fertilization (IVF), which involves fertilizing an egg with sperm outside the womb, in a laboratory, to enable couples with fertility problems to have children.
Edwards, 85, began his work in the 1950s, leading to the first "test tube baby" in 1978 with the birth of Louise Brown. Since then, an estimated 4 million babies have been born around the world using the IVF process.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said Edwards "battled societal and establishment resistance to his development of the in vitro fertilization procedure."
Here's a link to the Nobel site for more details.
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| October 4, 2010; 6:29 AM ET
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