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News: Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility

22 June 2017 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture.

Dr John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center Clinic in New York City aims to use the maternal spindle transfer process to 'rejuvenate' the eggs of older women aged 42 to 47, according to press reports last week.

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News: MSc clinical embryology & preimplantation genetics

20 June 2017 by Dr Yogita

University of Mysore, MSc in Clinical Embryology & Pre-implantation Genetics
Admission open for July 2017 batch.

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Announcement: Cryopreservation of Mammalian Gametes and Embryos: Methods and Protocols

19 June 2017 by Nagy, Zsolt Peter, Varghese, Alex C., Agarwal, Ashok (Eds.) 

New IVF book available:

This volume provides a comprehensive and technical presentation of numerous aspects of reproductive cell tissue cryopreservation, and presents readers with current procedures and detailed discussions of novel techniques and the latest innovations. The chapters in this book are divided into five parts and cover subjects such as: immature oocyte cryopreservation, human sperm vitrification and slow-freezing, directional freezing of ovarian tissue, automated vitrification systems, and detailed protocols on popular and commercially available cryopreservation/vitrification systems. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

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Article: Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF

14 June 2017 by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos

The recent study from Dreyer et al [1] examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography (HSG) has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF. 

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Article: Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

14 June 2017 by Professor David Skuse

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children question why one child is affected when often their siblings develop perfectly normally. We have few answers, but most research shows that genetic inheritance plays by far the largest role.

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Announcement: Introduction to Infertility - by Dr Hrishikesh Pai

12 June 2017 by Dr Hrishikesh Pai, Dr Nandita Palshetkar

BTA is an IVF training institute in the fied of ARTgies. We offer short courses and hands on training.Our aim is to offer the most advance and globally competitive training in the field of ART. BTA centre besides being optimally equipped with the state of art equipment, mentors the trainees by renowned IVF specialist, Embryologist and clinicians. We aim to equip you for every challenge in the world of Infertility practice, with the knowledge and experience of the best faculties in the field and exposure and skill in the latest technology.

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: June 2017 (Volume 34, Issue 6)

06 June 2017 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online
Reproductive BioMedicine Online: June 2017 (Volume 34, Issue 6)

Articles include:

Non-invasive preimplantation genetic screening using array comparative genomic hybridization on spent culture media: a proof-of-concept pilot study 
Michael Feichtinger, Enrico Vaccari, Luca Carli, Elisabeth Wallner, Ulrike Mädel, Katharina Figl, Simone Palini, Wilfried Feichtinger 

Outcomes of immature oocytes collected from ovarian tissue for cryopreservation in adult and prepubertal patients 
Giovanna Fasano, Julie Dechène, Raffaella Antonacci, Jamila Biramane, Anne-Sophie Vannin, Anne Van Langendonckt, Fabienne Devreker, Isabelle Demeestere

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News: Dutch woman tracks her sperm donor using DNA bank

06 June 2017 by Rikita Patel

A donor-conceived Dutch woman, Emi Stikkelman, is the first to find her sperm donor using an American commercial DNA bank, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant reports.

Stikkelman had sent three DNA specimens to DNA banks: the commercial database revealed that she shared key genetic markers with an Australian woman. Using this information, she and family history researcher Els Leijs identified and traced her donor.

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News: German Parliament passes the Sperm Donor Registry Act

03 June 2017 by Dr Lanay Tierney

The German Parliament has passed the Sperm Donor Registry Act, which will allow children born from 2018 onwards to access their donors' information.

'Everyone has the right to know who they descend from. With this law, we take this basic human need into account. Through the establishment of a national sperm donor registry, we strengthen the right of children to know their origins. At the same time, we will ensure for a high protection of stored personal data,' said health secretary Hermann Gröhe.

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News: Sperm 'radar' sorts the good from the bad

03 June 2017 by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Sperm 'radar' sorts the good from the bad

A giant scanner has been successfully used to sort 'good' sperm from 'bad'.

The team at the University of Sheffield hope their technique might one day help develop diagnostic tests and treatments for male infertility.

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