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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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Announcement: 2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Register NOW

08 November 2016 by Jean Popwell, PhD, HCLD
2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Register NOW

2017 Southwest Embryology Summit - Phoenix, Arizona - January 6 and 7, 2017 



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News: Suvey on embryology profession/education

07 November 2016 by Alex C VArghese
Suvey on embryology profession/education

global survey on professional and educational status of clinical embryologists/lab professionals and existing gaps in planning future programs.

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Nov-2016 (Volume 33, Issue 5)

01 November 2016 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Articles include:

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

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News: 'Three-person babies' grow up into healthy teenagers

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.

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News: Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells

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.

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News: WHO considers new definition of infertility that includes being single

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.

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