Factbox: Reaction to the 2010 Nobel medicine prize winner

Mon Oct 4, 2010 12:37pm EDT
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STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Here are some reactions to the announcement Monday that Britain's Professor Robert Edwards -- known as "the father of IVF" -- has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine:

* Louise Brown, who was the world's first test tube baby born in July 1978:

"It's fantastic news, me and mum are so glad that one of the pioneers of IVF has been given the recognition he deserves. We hold Bob in great affection and are delighted to send our personal congratulations to him and his family at this time."

* Dr Alan Thornhill, scientific director of London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Center:

"Bob Edwards changed the way we think about having babies."

"The IVF technique pioneered by Professor Edwards has and will continue to accelerate developments in many other areas of medicine."

* Robert Edwards' wife, Ruth, and his family:

"The family are thrilled and delighted that Professor Edwards has been awarded the Nobel Prize for medicine for the development of IVF. The success of this research has touched the lives of millions of people worldwide his dedication and single minded determination despite opposition from many quarters this has led to successful application of his pioneering research."

Dr. Luca Gianaroli, chairman of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), of which Edwards was a co-founder:   Continued...