Nobel Prize winner Sir Robert Edwards, a pioneer of in vitro fertilization (IVF) research, which culminated in the highly controversial birth of the first test tube baby in the late 1970s, died Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. He was 87.
Edwards, who began working on fertilization techniques in the 1950s, concluded that eggs fertilized by sperm in a laboratory could be a viable solution to human infertility issues.
Edwards and the late Dr. Patrick Steptoe were able to bring their research to fruition with the 1978 birth of Louise Brown.
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