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Announcement: Certifications from American College of Embryology- Now In India

28 December 2016 by Mahesh M
Certifications from American College of Embryology- Now In India

The American College of Embryology (EMBCOL) transforms a diverse group of embryology practitioners into a uniformly trained group of professionals.

There are three Categories of Certifications: 

1. General category 

  • EMB- Reproductive Embryologist- Level IV (hold- MD or PhD) 
  • EMA- Embryology Associate- Level III (hold a master,s degree)
  • EMT- Embryology Technologist- Level II (hold a bachelor's degree)
  • EMG- Graduate Embryologist - Level I (hold a masters degree & graduate certificate in clinical embryology)

2. Skill Certifications

  • ICSI Proficient-  Expert Certificate
  • PGD- Expert Certificate 

3. Facility Accreditations

  • Embryology Facility
  • Training Site 


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Conference: East & West cutting Edge Fertility Sciences

20 December 2016 by Orchid Fertility, Dubai

Orchid Reproductive and Andrology services in affiliation with Northwestern Medicine welcomes you to the first East & West Cutting Edge Fertility Sciences conference taking place on January 27th and 28th, 2017 at the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, UAE.

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News: Moderate exercise improves sperm quality and quantity

18 December 2016 by Dr Marianne Kennedy

Moderate exercise improves sperm quality and quantity, according to new research.

Previous research showed that some types of exercise, such as long distance running, can have a negative effect on sperm, but this study suggests that moderate exercise three times a week improves sperm quality.

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Featured Product: Evolve Pre-IVF Genetic Fertility Screening

15 December 2016 by EvolveGene

Genetic factors constitute a significant risk factor for male and female infertility, an estimated 50% of cases.  Genetics underlies our physiology, therefore a complete understanding of infertility cannot be made until we evaluate the possible genetic factors behind it.

Evolve Pre-IVF Genetic Fertility Screens are the most advanced and comprehensive fertility genetic screens on the market today.

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News: Expert panel approve cautious use of mitochondrial donation in the UK

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.'

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News: Benefits of IVF add-ons 'not based on evidence'

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.

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News: Missouri court rules frozen embryos are property, not people

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.

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News: Online calculator predicts IVF success

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.

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News: Functional human eggs made from discarded genetic material

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.

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News: Second team corrects sickle-cell mutation using CRISPR

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.

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