The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to British scientist Robert Edwards for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The prize amount this year is 10 million Swedish kronor (about one million euros). The award ceremony will be held in Stockholm on December 10, the day of death of its founder – Alfred Nobel.
Robert Edwards’ research brought long-awaited happiness (child) to millions of families. He created the world’s first artificial insemination center.
According to a press release issued by the Nobel Prize, to date, more than four million people have been born thanks to this technology.
According to statistics, about 15% of couples are infertile today and only one in four IVF attempts is successful. Presently, almost 3% of the world’s children are born from the tube.
But the Vatican has considered this Nobel Prize committee’s decision as “completely wrong”. Clergymen believe IVF is immoral because many embryos each of which, according to the church, is no less valuable than a living person are killed when using this method. And what do you think?
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