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Honor for Test Tube Baby Pioneer

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Science  08 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6001, pp. 158-159
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6001.158

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His work touched millions of lives and helped to create millions. Robert G. Edwards, the British physiologist who pioneered in vitro fertilization (IVF), was named the sole recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine on 4 October. Edwards became a scientific celebrity after the birth of Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby," in 1978; since then, some 4 million children have been born following an IVF treatment.