In Sweden nearly 3.000 children are conceived through IVF treatment and in most western countries between 1 and 2 percent of all children are test tube babies.
According to Bo Angelin, a member of the Nobel Assembly and of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences Edwards received the award since the discovery has had a great impact in the world especially for childless couples.
Announcements of the laureates in physics, chemistry, literature and peace will follow throughout the rest of the week. An award ceremony for the prizes will take place in December in Stockholm. The exception is the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded in Oslo, Norway.