The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010: Robert G. Edwards

This week I read the press release of The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010: Robert G. Edwards. Robert G. Edwards won the award for his research and development of in vitro fertilization. He first envisioned in vitro fertilization and its useful applications in the 1950's but it wasn't until July 25th 1978 that the first successful birth of an in vitro fertilized baby was born. Though there has been controversy over the ethics of this method of fertilization, in vitro fertilization has produced over 4 million births of healthy babies since Louise Brown, the first test tube baby. The article states that about 10% of couples worldwide experience infertility issues. I think this is why Edwards was an excellent candidate to win this Nobel peace prize; because his work does not only contribute to the scientific community but also helps millions of families overcome their infertility issues. His work directly affects the lives of everyday people, not just people who follow scientific findings.

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