NEW YORK (AP) — Robert G. Edwards, one of the developers of the basic fertilization technique for producing "test-tube" babies, has won a prestigious Lasker medical award.
Edwards, emeritus professor of human reproduction at Cambridge University, is to receive the $50,000 award Friday in New York. Three other researchers will be honored for finding a way to mimic human diseases in mice as a tool for research.
The awards are presented by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. Sixty-three recipients have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.
Almost a million babies have been born through in-vitro fertilization, the technique developed by Edwards and Patrick Steptoe for uniting sperm and egg outside the body, the Lasker Foundation said.
The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, was born in 1978. Steptoe died a decade later.
The Lasker award for basic medical research is shared by Mario Capecchi of the University of Utah, Martin Evans of Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, and Oliver Smithies of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Each researcher will receive $17,000, roughly a third of the $50,000 honorarium.