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A Nobel Prize for In-vitro Fertilization

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The Center for Bioethics and Culture (CBC), for whom I am an educational liaison, had this to say about the awarding of the Nobel Prize in science to Dr. Robert G. Edwards.

…From the press release:

Robert Edwards is awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for the development of human in vitro fertilization (IVF) therapy. His achievements have made it possible to treat infertility, a medical condition afflicting a large proportion of humanity including more than 10% of all couples worldwide.

Reality check: 70% of all IVF cycles fail. So Edwards’ accomplishment of helping 10% of the population 30% of the time is worthy of a Nobel Prize. In addition, the Nobel Prize has been awarded to someone whose research is not novel. Steptoe and Edwards’ research was built on the research of S. L. Shenk in the 1880s. The Nobel applauds and awards research that is by no means successful based on the failure rate. And it awards the man who started the largest social experiment of our day, which has led to surplus frozen embryos, designer babies, and post-menopausal women and same-sex couples building families.

In my opinion and that of the CBC, not something worth lauding.



Written by Michael Duenes

October 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Posted in Bioethics, Duenes

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