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News: One IVF pregnancy raises chance of second time success

25 September 2017 by Chandni Patel

Women who miscarry during their first IVF cycle still have a higher chance of a live birth with subsequent treatment, compared with women who do not get pregnant after their first round.

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News: Call for Australia to allow mitochondrial donation techniques

25 September 2017 by Jenny Sharpe

A campaign has been launched in Australia to overturn laws preventing couples from accessing mitochondrial donation.

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News: First genome editing of human embryos by UK scientists

25 September 2017 by Paul Waldron

UK scientists have successfully edited the genome of human embryos to study the role of a gene key to the earliest stages of development.

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News: Male obesity linked to poorer sperm

25 September 2017 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Men with obesity are more likely to have a poorer quality and quantity of sperm than men of a healthier weight, suggests a new study.

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News: Older parents pass down more genetic mutations

25 September 2017 by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Parents pass on more new genetic mutations to their children with age, and fathers pass on more than mothers, according to a study.

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News: Asthma link to increased need for fertility treatment

25 September 2017 by Dr Lanay Griessner

Women with asthma are more likely to undergo fertility treatment than those without the disease, suggests new research.

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News: Environmental chemicals affect sperm epigenetics

25 September 2017 by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A type of chemical found in various personal beauty products and plastics may affect sperm and lower reproductive success, according to a new study.

Researchers have linked significant amounts of phthalates in male urine samples with epigenetic changes in the DNA of the subjects' sperm.

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News: Call to remember 'forgotten' IVF pioneer Jean Purdy

12 September 2017 by Julianna Photopoulos

Jean Purdy, the world's first embryologist, should be celebrated as IVF's third pioneer, says the British Fertility Society (BFS).

It has called for her work to be recognised on the 40th anniversary of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) next year, alongside that of her colleagues Sir Robert Edwards and Dr Patrick Steptoe.

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News: Drug protects mice against cancer treatment infertility

12 September 2017 by Dr Katie Howe

An existing drug has been shown to protect eggs from radiation and chemotherapy damage in mice.

The scientists involved in the study hope this treatment could one day be used to prevent women who undergo cancer treatments from becoming infertile. Currently, egg freezing is their only option.

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News: New imaging technique could help pick embryos for IVF

12 September 2017 by Anna Leida

A new imaging technique can help assess the quality of early-stage embryos.

Termed hyperspectral imaging, the technique could one day improve IVF success rates by providing an objective assessment of embryo health, which currently depends on the opinion and experience of the clinician.

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