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FIRST TUBE BABY

Robert Edwards' work has helped millions of infertile couples have children.

Robert Edwards has won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his pioneering work in
the development of in vitro fertlization (IVF).
Robert Edwards of Britain won the Nobel Medicine in 2010 Prize Monday for
the development of in vitro fertilization.
He beagn his fundamental research on the biology of fertilisation during the
1950s

Edwards, aged 85, won the prestigious prize for his work on in-vitro

fertilization (IVF), which has helped millions of infertile couples to have a child.
"His contributions represent a milestone in the development of modern
medicine," the Nobel Assembly at the Swedish Karolinska Institute said.

The first "test tube baby," Louise Brown, was born July 25,
1978.(Now 37)

Born July 25, 1978, in Oldham, England. Louise Joy Brown is best

known as the world's first "test-tube baby." Her birth by Caesarian


section shortly before midnight on July 25, 1978, at Oldham General
Hospital in England, made headlines around the world.

Louise Brown is known as the world's first "test-tube baby,"

conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Since 1968, Drs. Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe had been researching

fertility methods that included artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization,


or IVF.

IVF is the process in which an egg is removed from a womans ovaries, harvested

and fertilized with a male's sperm in a laboratory, then implanted in the


womans uterus where it develops to term. Although now widely accepted, the
IVF process that ultimately led to the conception of Louise Brown was hotly
debated within medical and religious circles alike.

IVF is still considered unethical by many religious groups,

and the physicians who practice this method of fertilization


continue to face accusations of "playing God

Since Brown's birth, around four million people have

been born through IVF.