As one of the world s leading fertility experts and research pioneers since the 1970s, Professor Winston is accustomed to working in the world of controversial science. From the earliest days of IVF treatment to current controversy over stem cell research, strong feelings and hot debate have always been provoked over the merits of medical technology and the ethics of so-called scientific progress. Few writers are better placed to review the history of human technological invention over the centuries and question its real benefits to mankind. Professor Winston argues that it is a basic human need to create and invent a consequence of standing on two legs and seeing our environment as something separate from ourselves. But the more we invent, the more we intervene in the world around us, especially as mankind has many instincts besides the creative one- the urge to destroy, control, create disharmony and to use its powers to excess. For that reason, contained within every one of our finest inventions is the
Robert Winston is one of Britain's best-known scientists. As Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College, London, he is a leading voice in the debate on embryo research and genetic engineering. His television series include Child of Our Time, Human Instinct, and The Story of God which have made him a household name. He became a life peer in 1995.