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?