|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]
|28 August 2016 by Dr Özge Özkaya|
Chinese researchers say an IVF technique called pronuclear transfer can safely produce a viable pregnancy.[Read more]
|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.[Read more]