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News: Women freeze eggs to find the right partner

13 September 2016 by Sophie Perry

A study of women opting to freeze their eggs for non-medical reasons has revealed that the most common motivation given was not yet finding the right partner.

Kylie Baldwin, a researcher at De Montfort University in Leicester, interviewed 31 heterosexual women from the UK, US and Norway, aged between 32 and 44, who had decided to freeze their eggs, asking their reasons for doing so. Contrary to some of the perceptions that surround 'social' egg freezing, the results showed that not one of the participants said that they had opted to freeze their eggs for career reasons.

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News: Ten-year egg-freezing limit should be changed

13 September 2016 by Dr Rachel Brown

Following the increase in 'social' egg freezing, the ten-year time limit on the storage of human eggs should be removed, according to a leading academic at the London School of Economics.

The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, updated in 2008, allows eggs to be stored for up to ten years. The limit was originally introduced because the effects of longer-term storage were unknown, and extensions are only allowed for medical reasons such as those undergoing premature infertility.

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News: Bioethical framework for human-animal embryo research proposed

13 September 2016 by Anneesa Amjad

A prominent bioethicist in the USA has suggested that most of the ethical concerns surrounding the creation of animal-human chimera embryos using human pluripotent stem cells could be reasonably addressed, and that the research may be justified to help patients in need of organ transplants.

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News: Moderate drinking may not affect female fertility

13 September 2016 by Annabel Slater

Drinking fewer than 14 servings of alcohol per week does not affect female fertility, according to a new study.

The results, published in the BMJ, provide evidence for the extent to which alcohol affects female fertility. Official guidelines in several countries, including the UK, USA and Denmark, recommend women trying to conceive should abstain from alcohol. However, current evidence has been unclear.

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News: US sperm donor admits he misled sperm bank

06 September 2016 by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US man who fathered more than 30 children by sperm donation has reportedly admitted that he lied about his background to a sperm bank, which is currently being sued by the parents of one of the children conceived with his sperm.

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Article: Three years of PGS by NGS: a mature technique for embryo chromosome screening

04 September 2016 by Luis Valiño Castrillón

In June 2013 the first baby resulting from a NGS-PGS screened IVF cycle was born in Pennsylvania, USA. Since this initial approach for the application of NGS to PGS, methodologies have been further streamlined by NGS technology firms and a few highly specialized PGS labs.

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News: IVF culture media affects embryos and babies

03 September 2016 by Helen Robertson

Fertility scientists are calling for greater transparency around the composition of embryo culture media used in IVF, after research comparing two solutions found different outcomes in implantation success rates and birth weight.

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News: IVM breakthrough suggests cheaper and lower-drug alternative to IVF

03 September 2016 by Dr Rachel Huddart

Researchers have reported on an experimental technique that could improve the fertilisation success rate of in vitro maturation (IVM), an alternative fertility method to IVF.

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News: Mitochondrial donation case study finally published after 13 years

28 August 2016 by Dr Özge Özkaya

Chinese researchers say an IVF technique called pronuclear transfer can safely produce a viable pregnancy.

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News: Zika can remain in semen for six months

28 August 2016 by Arit Udoh

The Zika virus has been detected in the semen of a man six months after the onset of infection.

Researchers from the Spallanzani Institute for Infectious Diseases in Rome first detected the virus in the urine, saliva and semen of an Italian man who had been visiting Haiti, 91 days after the first symptoms had been observed. Further testing showed that it remained present in his semen at 134 days and was still detectable at day 181. 

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