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Nobel Prize awarded to fertility professor

Professor Robert Edwards has been awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine.

The award was given to the professor for his work in assisting couples with infertility issues through the development of IVF techniques.

Professor Edwards worked in conjunction with Dr Patrick Steptoe at Cambridge University.

Their research resulted in the first healthy pregnancy and birth of a 'test tube baby' - Louise Brown, who was born in 1978.

The first IVF clinic was later founded in 1980 at Bourn Hall in Cambridge.

Professor Bill Harris, head of physiology, development and neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, commented: "We are absolutely delighted that the pioneering work on the basic cell biology of mammalian fertilisation done by Bob Edwards when he was in our Department has been duly recognised by the Nobel Committee for the huge step forward in reproductive medicine that it has proved to be."

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