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Test-tube pioneer wins Nobel Prize for medicine

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Test-tube pioneer wins Nobel Prize for medicine

British physiologist Robert G Edwards has won the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine. Together with surgeon Patrick Steptoe, Edwards pioneered the technique of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in the 1950s, and the first test-tube baby, Louise Joy Brown, was born on 25 July 1978. IVF may have brought joy to infertile couples everywhere, but whether a medical technique that encourages more procreation in our already overpopulated world deserves a Nobel Prize is debatable. Read more: Wall Street Journal

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