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“EmbryoSpeak” Guest Editorial

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010 Awarded to Robert G. Edwards

Jacques Cohen, Ph.D., HCLD

If asked whether he is a geneticist, Robert G. Edwards may hesitate for a few moments then thoughtfully explain that he defended his Ph.D. thesis in Edinburgh in 1950 and that the subject of that thesis was chromosomal genetics of the mouse egg and embryo. Bob Edwards has had a long career in genetics, with many papers, books and breakthrough findings. Similarly, if asked about his expertise in the field of bioethics, he probably would explain that he is not an ethicist, yet he was the first to recognize the profound implications of his own work and start a discussion on the origins of human life and the moral status of the…

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