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News: Expert panel approve cautious use of mitochondrial donation in the UK

05 December 2016 by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists advising the HFEA have recommended that the technique of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) be approved for clinical use in the UK. 

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, a researcher of mitochondrial disease at Newcastle University who has pioneered MRT, said: 'This is obviously great news and I agree with the report conclusions. This gives women who have mitochondrial DNA mutations reproductive choice, and I am delighted for them.'

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News: Benefits of IVF add-ons 'not based on evidence'

05 December 2016 by Lucas Taylor

There is a lack of quality evidence on the benefits of almost all fertility clinic add-on treatments, a study published in the BMJ has suggested.

Many fertility clinics across the UK offer a range of treatments in addition to standard IVF, which are implied or stated to improve fertility outcomes for patients, with prices ranging from £100–3500. BBC Panorama commissioned the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) at the University of Oxford to conduct an independent review of these treatments, and it found that 26 out of 27 add-on treatments had no beneficial effect, and some may even be harmful.

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News: Missouri court rules frozen embryos are property, not people

27 November 2016 by Sarah Pritchard

An appeal court in Missouri has ruled that a divorced couple's frozen embryos should be treated as marital property and not as people, under the state's divorce laws.

The case concerned a woman's request to use frozen embryos, created with her ex-husband while they were married, to have more children – an application which he opposed. She argued that, under state law in Missouri, life begins at conception and, as such, the embryos should be treated as human beings.

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News: Online calculator predicts IVF success

27 November 2016 by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An online calculator that can estimate the cumulative success rate of IVF over multiple cycles has been released.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen developed the tool using national data obtained by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from over 113,000 women who had undergone IVF or ICSI between 1999 and 2008, using their own eggs and their partner's sperm.

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Conference: East & West cutting Edge fertility sciences

21 November 2016 by Orchid Reproductive & Andrology Services
East & West cutting Edge fertility sciences

Orchid Reproductive and Andrology services in affiliation with Northwestern Medicine welcomes you to the
first East & West Cutting Edge Fertility Sciences conference taking place on January 28th and 29th, 2017 at
the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE.
The conference will bring together experts in the field of womens’ health and infertility to enjoy a cutting edge
programme of high profile, scientific international speakers, workshops and an exhibition. The event offers a
unique opportunity for sponsors to engage on a face-to-face level with an influential audience working within
fertility and reproductive medicine.
Our academic program will cover current and future trends in the world of ART Fertility & Genetics with three
parallel workshops covering Ultrasound, Hysteroscopy and Embryology.

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News: Functional human eggs made from discarded genetic material

19 November 2016 by Dr Katie Howe

US researchers have created functional eggs using DNA from small cells that normally form as waste products during egg development.

The cells, known as polar bodies, bud off eggs during their development and are eventually destroyed. Importantly, they contain identical genetic material to the egg.

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News: Second team corrects sickle-cell mutation using CRISPR

19 November 2016 by Sarah Gregory

Researchers have had further success using the CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing technique to repair the mutation that causes sickle-cell anaemia.

The team used CRISPR/Cas9 to replace the faulty gene in stem cells from patients with the disease. The healthy cells were injected into mice and were still working efficiently 16 weeks later.

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Announcement: 2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Register NOW

08 November 2016 by Jean Popwell, PhD, HCLD
2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Register NOW

2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Phoenix, Arizona - January 6 and 7, 2017 

 

 

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News: Suvey on embryology profession/education

07 November 2016 by Alex C VArghese
Suvey on embryology profession/education

global survey on professional and educational status of clinical embryologists/lab professionals and existing gaps in planning future programs.

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Nov-2016 (Volume 33, Issue 5)

01 November 2016 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Articles include:

Combined effects of individual culture and atmospheric oxygen on preimplantation mouse embryos in vitro Rebecca L. Kelley, David K. Gardner

Causes and estimated incidences of sex-chromosome misdiagnosis in preimplantation genetic diagnosis of aneuploidy Krithika Ravichandran, Luis Guzman, Tomas Escudero, Xuezhong Zheng, Pere Colls, Amy Jordan, Jacques Cohen, Dagan Wells, Santiago Munne

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