This year's Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine honors Robert Edwards for the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), the revolutionary laboratory technique that has allowed millions of  infertile couples to have children. Despite initial opposition, today the procedure is generally accepted as a treatment for infertility. 

As Science and Technology Policy Program graduate intern Maude Rowland and fellow Kirstin Matthews discuss in their Oct. 7, 2010, blog post, the Nobel Prize could be a positive sign of changing attitudes. In particular, they are hoping for improved public perceptions of embryonic stem cell research.