Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2010 was awarded to Robert G. Edwards "for the development of in vitro fertilization".

Robert Geoffrey Edwards (born 1925) is a British biologist and pioneer in reproductive biology and medicine, and in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in particular. Along with surgeon Patrick Steptoe (1913 – 1988), Edwards successfully pioneered conception through IVF, which led to the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, on 25 July 1978.

- Wikipedia

Lesson Plan Information
Title: In Vitro Fertilization
Objectives: By the end of this lesson, students will:
- understand the in vitro fertilization science
- understand the in vitro fertilization physiological, ethical, and legal implication.
Concepts / Vocabulary: egg, fertility drug, fertilization, hormone, implantation, menstrual cycle, ovary, ovulation, sperm, zygote.
Grade Level: 9-12
Subject: Life Sciences / Contemporary Studies
Materials: Science textbooks on the menstrual cycle, reproduction, infertility, and fertility treatments; computers with Internet access
Time Needed: Two 50-minute class periods
Provided by: Discovery Education (Author: Donna Clem, biology teacher, Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen, Maryland.)

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