|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]
|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]
|01 November 2016 by Georgia Everett|
Seventeen children conceived through ooplasmic transplantation have all matured with regular health and cognitive abilities, according to a study.
The experimental IVF technique was conducted as part of a previous study led by embryologist Dr Jacques Cohen between 1996-2001 at the Saint Barnabas Medical Centre in Livingston, New Jersey.[Read more]
|25 October 2016 by Dr Katie Howe|
Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells.
It is the first time that the entire process of egg development has been recreated in vitro. If the technique could be applied to humans, it could be used to treat female infertility – for older women and those whose ovaries have been damaged by cancer treatment.[Read more]
|25 October 2016 by Dr Rachel Brown|
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is considering making changes to the definition of infertility to recognise that every individual has the 'right to reproduce'.
Currently the WHO defines infertility as a disability and 'a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse'.
However, it is considering expanding the definition to include those who are lacking, or unable to find, a sexual partner with whom to naturally conceive.[Read more]