|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.'[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|21 November 2016 by Orchid Reproductive & Andrology Services|
Orchid Reproductive and Andrology services in affiliation with Northwestern Medicine welcomes you to the
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|08 November 2016 by Jean Popwell, PhD, HCLD|
2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Phoenix, Arizona - January 6 and 7, 2017
|07 November 2016 by Alex C VArghese|
global survey on professional and educational status of clinical embryologists/lab professionals and existing gaps in planning future programs.[Read more]
|01 November 2016 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online|
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[Read more]