Millions of babies born. Millions more dead or frozen. That is just the kind of progress that the Nobel committee likes.
British scientist Robert Edwards, the man who devised the fertility treatment IVF, has been awarded this year’s Nobel prize for medicine.
His efforts in the 1950s, 60s and 70s led to the birth of the world’s first “test tube baby” in July 1978.
Since then nearly four million babies have been born following IVF.
The prize committee said his achievements had made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition affecting 10% of all couples worldwide
Read that last sentence again, “his achievements had made it possible to treat infertility.” Without IVF there are NO OTHER treatments for infertility? Fuzzy science and fuzzy reporting go hand in hand.
I suppose it should come as no surprise to anyone that Edwards beat out the Japanese scientist that discovered how to make stem cells from ordinary skin cells.
The big prize money and recognition in medicine comes with killing babies, not saving them.