In-vitro fertilization is still controversial, opposed most notably by the Catholic Church and by those who feel it is the first step to people custom ordering children who have been genetically engineered to have specific traits.
Since it was first invented, infertile couples have used the procedure to give birth to a whopping 4 million babies. The first was Louise Brown.
Louise’s parents Lesley and John Brown had been trying unsuccessfully for a child for nine years, but were unable to procreate due to blocked fallopian tubes. After undergoing Robert’s procedure, they had Louise who is now 32 years old and has her own family. She is naturally overjoyed at the news of the Nobel Prize.
“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,” she said in a statement released by Bourn Hall.