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ASRM Mourns Loss of IVF Pioneer Sir Robert Edwards

April 10 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Bulletin Volume 15, Number 14

ASRM released the following statement this morning, attributable to Linda C. Giudice, MD, PhD, President, American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

“All of us in the American Society for Reproductive Medicine mourn the passing of Sir Robert Edwards.

Dr. Edwards was a great scientist whose stellar scientific work advanced our understanding of human reproduction, human embryonic stem cells, advanced pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and revolutionized the treatment of infertility. We extend our condolences to his family, and his many friends around the world.”

The Nobel Prize-winning scientist worked with Dr. Patrick Steptoe to bring about the birth in 1978 of the first baby conceived through in vitro fertilization.  See  BBC News coverage- “Test-tube baby pioneer Professor Sir Robert Edwards dies” at

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