IVF Pioneer Robert Edwards Wins Noble Prize For MedicineOctober 4th, 2010 - 7:52 pm ICT by GD
By Gina Gomez
Stockholm, Oct 4, (THAINDIAN NEWS) British physiologist Robert Edwards was awarded the Noble Prize for Physiology and Medicine on Monday for his work on in-vitro fertilization that is considered to be a breakthrough for couples who fail to have children. The 85-year-old professor of University of Cambridge along with Patrick Steptoe, a gynaecologic surgeon developed the technique of in-vitro fertilization in which the cells are fertilized outside the body and the fertilized cell is then implanted in the womb. Since the news of Robert Edwards winning the Noble Prize for Medicine was announced on Monday, his colleagues have expressed their delight about the well-deserved honor that has been bestowed on him.
In a citation that was issued by the medicine prize committee, it has been emphasized that the achievements that have been attained by Robert Edwards has made it possible for infertile couples all across the world to have their own children. The citation further went on to acknowledge the University of Cambridge professor’s achievement by saying that in-vitro fertilization has enabled an estimated four million individuals to take birth. The pioneering technique that was developed by Robert Edwards along with Patrick Steptoe resulted in the birth of the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, in the year 1978.
In the meanwhile, after it was declared that Robert Edwards has been bestowed with a Noble Prize, a statement was released on Monday that said that the physiologist was not physically well enough to appear for interviews. The Noble Prize for medicine was the first award of this year to be announced and the awards in the other categories would be declared later this week.
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