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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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News: Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

03 June 2017 by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

Mouse sperm stored aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for nine months has been used to produce healthy pups back on Earth.

Japanese researchers sent freeze-dried sperm to space to understand the long-term effects of microgravity and radiation exposure on mammalian reproduction and development. The sperm were stored at -95ºC, with researchers also using 'ground control' sperm from the same mice, stored in the same conditions on Earth for the same duration.

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Announcement: BFS STUDY WEEK 2017

02 June 2017 by British Fertility Society

19-22 June 2017 
Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London

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Announcement: Hands on ivf training for Gynaecologist &Embryologist at chennai fertility center and Research Institute

01 June 2017 by Dr.VM.Thomas
Hands on ivf training for Gynaecologist &Embryologist at chennai fertility center and Research Institute

Chennai fertility center and Research Institute cordillay invites to participate 24th batch of IVF intensive hands on training for clinician as well as Embryologist starting from 6th June 2017 to 18th June 2017.The Hands on course will run by World renowned Embryologist Dr.VM.Thomas-team.

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News: 100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF

26 May 2017 by Dr Katie Howe

Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with a poppyseed-based oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study.

The procedure, called a hysterosalpingography (HSG), dates back to 1917 and is normally used to diagnose fertility problems.

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News: Synthetic 3D-printed ovaries help infertile mice have pups

26 May 2017 by Anna Leida

Fully functional 3D-printed ovaries have been successfully implanted in mice for the first time - enabling them to have healthy offspring.

A team led by researchers at Northwestern University, Illinois, removed ovaries from female mice and replaced them with bioprosthetic ones that were capable of ovulating. The mice became pregnant naturally and gave birth to pups that thrived with their mothers' nursing.

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News: MSc clinical embryology & preimplantation genetics

23 May 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: Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis: the who, the what, the why and the how

22 May 2017 by Education and Events

Date: 3 – 4 November 2017

Venue: Roben’s Suite, Guy’s Hospital, London SE1 9RT

Our centre has offered Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) since 1997 and is one of the most successful in Europe with more than 700 babies born free from genetic diseases following PGD for monegenic conditions or chromosome rearrangements.

Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis: the who, the what, the why and the how includes talks from Clinical Genetics, Reproductive Medicine, Embryology and Genetics Laboratories to share our multidisciplinary experience, followed by interactive workshops on complex issues.

This course is for those considering establishing a PGD service and/or who wish to broaden their experience.

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