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Test tube baby scientist dies

British scientist Sir Robert Edwards, who pioneered the development of 'test tube babies', has died after a long illness, Cambridge University said.

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Test tube baby pioneer Sir Robert Edwards dies

Professor Robert Edwards with the first test tube baby, Louise Brown. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive

Sir Robert Edwards, the Nobel prize-winning scientist who pioneered the development of test tube babies, has died after a long illness, Cambridge University has announced.

Professor Edwards was honoured in 2010 with the prize for medicine for his breakthrough, conceived through in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

He had begun work on fertilisation in the 1950s with the first test tube baby, Louise Brown, born in 1978 as a result of his research.

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