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Announcement: Global survey on professional and educational status of clinical embryologists/lab professionals

23 April 2017 by Life in Vitro & Embryo Lab academy

Global survey on professional and educational status of clinical embryologists/lab professionals and existing gaps in planning future programs. - Only 10 days left as the survey will be closed by 6th may 2017.

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News: Older eggs less fertile due to poor cell division

21 April 2017 by Emma Laycock

Researchers in Canada have found that age-related infertility may be due to older eggsdividing poorly, leading to errors in chromosome number.

Eggs with an abnormal number of chromosomes (or aneuploid) are a major cause of female infertility and become more prevalent as women age. By comparing egg cells from young and older mice, researchers have found that this may be due to problems with the cell division machinery.

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online - Volume 34 • Issue 4 April 2017

16 April 2017 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online
Reproductive BioMedicine Online - Volume 34 • Issue 4 April 2017

Articles include:

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News: MSc clinical embryology & preimplantation genetics

15 April 2017 by Dr Yogita

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


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IVF Journal Updates: JBRA Assist. Reprod. V.21 (1) Jan/Feb/Mar, 2017

10 April 2017 by JBRA
JBRA Assist. Reprod. V.21 (1) Jan/Feb/Mar, 2017

Articles include:

Does embryo culture at low oxygen tension improve ART outcomes?
Joao Batista A Oliveira,
JBRA Assist. Reprod. 2017; 21 (1):1-1  doi:10.5935/1518-0557.20170001

Ethical, moral and other aspects related to fertility preservation in cancer patients
Bruno Ramalho Carvalho, Jhenifer Kliemchen Rodrigues, Teresa K. Woodruff
JBRA Assist. Reprod. 2017; 21 (1):45-48 doi:10.5935/1518-0557.20170011

Transfer of more than two embryos, regardless of the age of the female partner, is not beneficial for neither the mothers nor the babies: lessons from the Latin American Registry of Assisted Reproductive Techniques
Juan Enrique Schwarze, Javier A Crosby
JBRA Assist. Reprod. 2017; 21 (1):19-22 doi:10.5935/1518-0557.20170006

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Article: Fertility treatment add-ons: do they add up?

10 April 2017 by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The controversial issue of IVF 'add-ons' – techniques and treatments offered to fertility patients on top of standard IVF – has been the subject of intense debate and media attention since last November's BBC Panorama's documentary, which claimed that many techniques advertised on fertility clinics websites were not backed up by good scientific evidence of success.

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News: Method behind first successful mitochondrial replacement therapy revealed

09 April 2017 by Helen Robertson

Details of the world's first successful use of mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) in IVF have been published.

Although the birth of a healthy baby to a mother carrying the mitochondrial mutation for Leigh Syndrome was announced in the press last year, the scientific details had not been revealed until now, and have raised both positive reactions and concerns from experts.

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News: Mathematical formula describes how sperm swim

02 April 2017 by Rachel Reeves
Mathematical formula describes how sperm swim

The movement of sperm can be explained by a relatively simple mathematical formula, according to new research.

The research team – from the Universities of York, Birmingham, Oxford and Kyoto University, Japan – believe that this formula will remove the need for complex, expensive computer simulations currently required to understand how sperm moves through fluid. It could help them to understand how larger groups of sperm move and interact, and provide new insights into treating male infertility by explaining why some men's sperm don't swim strongly enough to fertilise an egg.

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News: NHS Scotland to offer three cycles of IVF

02 April 2017 by Rikita Patel

New patients referred for infertility treatment by their doctors will now have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS in Scotland.

'We want to make access to treatment on the NHS as fair as possible - giving more people the opportunity to conceive. Over the last five years we have invested around £24 million to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for couples' said Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government Minister for Public Health.

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News: Scientists call for new ethical guidelines for 'synthetic embryos'

02 April 2017 by Dr Rachel Huddart

Rapid advances in stem cell and embryo research are in danger of outstripping current ethical guidelines and new regulations are urgently needed, warn scientists in a report published this week.

'Synthetic' structures – such as organoids or embryos assembled from stem cells in the lab – are increasingly being used in cutting-edge research. These structures, referred to in the report as 'synthetic human entities with embryo-like features' (SHEEFs), are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and even more complex examples could soon be seen – for example, a rudimentary brain connected to a beating heart.

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