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New Book - Let There Be Life: An Intimate Portrait of Robert Edwards and His IVF Revolution

Roger Gosden

12 August 2019

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New Book - Let There Be Life: An Intimate Portrait of Robert Edwards and His IVF Revolution

The authorized biography of IVF pioneer Robert Edwards is a compelling account of how he led a medical and social revolution by making babies in ‘test-tubes’. Prevailing against immense opposition when human embryology was new and sacrosanct territory, he was the champion of people with infertility, and now millions more owe their existence to assisted reproductive technologies. An improbable hero of science, he was the son of a coal miner who almost failed his first university degree, but the gritty Yorkshireman rode a roller-coaster of emotions and obstacles to a breakthrough for which he was rewarded with a Nobel Prize and knighthood. After the first IVF babies, he became an entrepreneurial clinic director and publisher, but, alas, never received so much acclaim for the foundations of embryo stem cell science and embryo screening for heritable diseases.

Profits from sales pledged to Edwards & Steptoe Research Trust and RESOLVE (USA)

Table of Contents

The Author, Preface, Publisher’s Note, Acknowledgments, Glossary & Abbreviations

PROLOGUE-An Uncommon Don

  1. REAL GRIT
  2. THE DALESMAN
  3. GUNS & GRADUATION
  4. NORTHERN LIGHTS
  5. RUTH
  6. BLUE SKY
  7. BLASTOCYSTS
  8. CAMELOT IN CAMBRIDGE
  9. OVUM HUNTER
  10. DREAM TEAM
  11. MAGIC FLUID
  12. OLDHAM
  13. PROMETHEUS BOUND
  14. HARD ROAD
  15. BABY OF THE CENTURY
  16. MANOR BORN
  17. EGGS & ETHICS
  18. HEARTBREAK HALL
  19. SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS
  20. BOUNDLESS REVOLUTION

EPILOGUE-Letting Go

Gallery, Further Reading, Robert Geoffrey Edwards: Career at a Glance, Index,Endnotes

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