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The Nobel Prize in Medicine: Fertile past, pregnant future

October 19, 2010

Tags: Nobel Prize Medicine 2010, IVF, controversy, Robert Edwards, Kate Scannell, pregnant future, fertile past

By Kate Scannell, MD, Contributing columnist Bay Area News Group

ROBERT EDWARDS thought he was "doing God's work" when he began his research in the 1950s. But critics charged that he was actually trying to play the boss himself.

Still, this British biologist dreamed about helping infertile couples who dreamed about having children. If successful conception wasn't possible for those couples "in vivo," he would strive to make conception happen outside their bodies "in vitro" -- with the help of science to coax that process along. (more…)

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