Nobel Prize for the Designer of Babies?

Excerpt from recent news article on controversy surrounding 2010 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine or Physiology, Robert Edwards, the guy who brought both hope and hassle:

…In vitro fertilization (IVF), the pioneering technique that won Robert Edwards the 2010 Nobel Prize for medicine, opened up a wealth of scientific options and a Pandora’s box of ethical dilemmas.

Edwards’s success in fertilizing a human egg outside of the womb led not only to “test tube babies” but also to innovations such as embryonic stem cell research and surrogate motherhood.

The short article also gives a brief account of how IVF has been received in various countries were largely predicated on their dominant belief and cultural systems.

So just how far should science and technology be allowed to go today? Do the ends always justify the means?

Would you personally give the Nobel Prize to Robert Edwards? Why?


One thought on “Nobel Prize for the Designer of Babies?

  1. I fully respect Doctor Robert Edwards. We need to recognise and value his work of helping so many infertile couples.

    He has helped so many patients, approximately 4 million babies have so far been born by his method of In-Vitro Fertilisation. I believe many of them are now adult and become parents.

    If you think Robert Edwards is ‘playing God’ because he is ‘creating babies’ inside a test tube, then it is completely a mis-conception. Basically, he is just helping all the infertile couple to have the best opportunity to have their biological babies. Sometimes, you need to put yourself in their situations. What if you are unable to reproduce? And the IVF is the only solution for you to have a child?

    And yes, I will give this prestigious Nobel Prize in Medicine to Robert Edwards.

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