Robert Edwards Wins 2010 Nobel Prize For Medicine For Pioneering IVF


UK Today News: Robert Edwards Wins Nobel Prize For Medicine For Pioneering IVF

Britain’s Robert G Edwards, who is considered to be the father of the ‘test tube baby’ concept and pioneered In vitro fertilization (IVF), has won one of the most prestigious awards of the world — the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine or physiology.

Edwards, who is also called the ‘father of the test tube baby’ has been recognized for his huge contributions for developing In vitro fertilization (IVF) and was awarded the prize on Monday.

The Nobel Prize committee said, “As early as the 1950s, Edwards had the vision that IVF could be useful as a treatment for infertility. He worked systematically to realize his goal, discovered important principles for human fertilization, and succeeded in accomplishing fertilization of human egg cells in test tubes (or more precisely, cell culture dishes). His efforts were finally crowned by success on 25 July, 1978, when the world’s first ‘test tube baby’ was born.”

It is believed that all over the world, almost 10 per cent of couples are facing problems related to infertility.