Vatican keeps up attack on Nobel committee over IVF

Tue Oct 5, 2010 1:05pm GMT

* Vatican-based doctors' group says embryos not commodities

* Second attack against Nobel committee's choice in two days

* Italian newspaper editorials criticise Vatican thumbs down

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY, Oct 5 (Reuters) - The Vatican kept up its attack on the Nobel committee on Tuesday for giving the medicine prize to in-vitro fertilisation pioneer Robert Edwards, saying he had led to a culture where embryos are seen as commodities.

For the second straight day, it gave the thumbs down to the choice of Edwards, whose success in fertilising a human egg outside of the womb led to "test tube babies" and innovations such as embryonic stem cell research and surrogate motherhood.

The Vatican ratcheted up its negative opinion as several leading Italian newspapers criticised it for its attack on Edwards.

A statement by the Vatican-based International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations (FIAMC), said the group was "dismayed" at the choice.   Continued...

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