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This year's Nobel Prize in medicine or physiology goes to physiologist Robert Edwards, now an emeritus professor at the University of Cambridge, for his work developing in vitro fertilization, which the Nobel committee calls a "milestone in the development of modern medicine." The Guardian notes that when Edwards began working in the 1950s at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, scientists could fertilize rabbit eggs outside the body, but it took Edwards until the e

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