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28 July 2017 00:48 (South Africa)

Test-tube pioneer wins Nobel Prize for medicine

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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