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News: Swedish scientist edits genomes of healthy human embryos

27 September 2016 by Anneesa Amjad

A scientist in Sweden has become the first to edit genes in healthy human embryos.

Dr Fredrik Lanner, a developmental biologist at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, is using the revolutionary genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 in human embryos in order to learn more about early embryogenesis.

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Article: NICE update guidance on IUI rejected by professionals

25 September 2016 by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

Last year we and others protested against the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline (2013) for unexplained infertility, which recommended expectant treatment for up to two years, and then proceeding to IVF if this was unsuccessful, blatantly ruling out the possibility of using intra-uterine insemination (IUI) as a possible intermediate treatment.

UK clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and to some extent international funding agencies, use NICE guidelines to construct and justify funding policies. Even though the guidance was not based on sound evidence, the civil servants in charge of funding disregarded this fact, and all funding for IUI in several London CCGs was immediately stopped.

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News: Healthy mice created from eggs and sperm without conventional fertilisation

24 September 2016 by Paul Waldron

Unfertilised mouse egg cells that have been made to divide can develop into healthy offspring by the injection of sperm, according to a new study.

The findings challenge scientific understanding of human embryo development and could potentially lead to fertility treatments in the future.

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News: HFEA allows mother to export dead daughter's eggs

24 September 2016 by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has allowed a woman wanting to conceive using her dead daughter's eggs to export them to the US for treatment.

The daughter had stored her eggs after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 21. After learning that the cancer was terminal, her mother claimed that they had agreed that she would carry the eggs to have a child in the event that her daughter would be unable to do so.

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News: Sperm shortage in New Zealand

24 September 2016 by Dr Linda Wijlaars

New Zealand is facing a shortage of donor sperm, with some fertility experts saying women are waiting up to two years to receive treatment.

The Guardian reports that sperm donations have declined in New Zealand since 2004, when donor anonymity was removed. At the same time, demand has risen as more same-sex couples and single women have applied for donated sperm.

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IVF Journal Updates: Hum. Reprod. Table of Contents for October 1, 2016; Vol. 31, No. 10

24 September 2016 by Human Reproduction
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IVF Journal Updates: JBRA Assist. Reprod. V.20 (3) Jul-Aug-Sep, 2016

24 September 2016 by JBRA Assist. Reprod.
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Announcement: Global Embryology Summit: From Basics to Next Generation IVF

21 September 2016 by Illumina

Illumina, in partnership with Hamilton Thorne and Vitrolife, invites you to a 2-day, best practices in embryology and reproductive genetics workshop in Miami, FL.  Under the guidance of leading embryologists and geneticists, this course has been developed to broaden your experience and understanding of best practices in embryology, embryo biopsy, vitrification, time lapse imaging and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). Enrollment confirmations will be sent out no later than October 13, 2016.

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Announcement: Hands-on training in clinical embryology-December 2016 batch

14 September 2016 by Dr Yogita

Asia Pacific Institute of Embryology (ASPIER)

Intensive hands-on training in clinical embryology  December 5-17, 2016

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News: Women freeze eggs to find the right partner

13 September 2016 by Sophie Perry

A study of women opting to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons has revealed that the most common motivation given was not yet finding the right partner.

Kylie Baldwin, a researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, interviewed 31 heterosexual women from the UK, US and Norway, aged between 32 and 44, who had decided to freeze their eggs, asking their reasons for doing so. Contrary to some of the perceptions that surround 'social' egg freezing, the results showed that not one of the participants said that they had opted to freeze their eggs for career reasons.

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