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News: Spanish lab creates human sperm precursors from skin cells

05 May 2016 by Ayala Ochert
Spanish scientists say they have created rudimentary sperm-like cells from skin and bone marrow cells taken from adult males. They claim that this is the first step in creating functioning sperm or eggs for those people who are unable to have genetically related children and who must currently rely on donated gametes. [Read more]
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News: Sperm-binding fake egg could be contraceptive or IVF tool

03 May 2016 by Dr Jane Currie
Researchers have created a sperm-binding 'fake egg' that could be used to either select the best sperm for fertility treatment or for contraception. They hope to use the fake eggs as an alternative method of selecting the best sperm for IVF, which are currently selected on the basis of how they look and move. [Read more]
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Announcement: UK NEQAS Reproductive Science Scheme 2016 - 2017

29 April 2016 by Hans Stöhr
UK NEQAS Reproductive Science Scheme 2016 - 2017 On May 9 United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Service (UK NEQAS) will start next four distribution for inter-laboratory quality control in reproductive science of periode 2016 - 2017. [Read more]
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News: CRISPR upgrade promises single-letter gene editing

28 April 2016 by Dr Özge Özkaya
Scientists have fine tuned the genome-editing tool CRISPR so that it can now edit a single 'letter' of DNA. They hope that this level of precision could eventually be used to treat disease-causing mutations, most of which involve a change from just one base-pair to another. [Read more]
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News: Second Chinese team create genetically modified human embryos

19 April 2016 by Ayala Ochert
A second team in China report that they have created genetically modified human embryos, in an attempt to make them resistant to HIV, using the genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9. [Read more]
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Article: Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 by Professor Caroline Ogilvie
Professor Magda Zernicka-Goetz and her colleagues recently published an elegant study of early events in mouse embryo and fetal development. The authors fused normal mouse embryos with embryos that had been treated to create abnormal cells with the wrong number of chromosomes (aneuploidy). They found that, as development proceeded, the abnormal cells in the fused embryos gradually disappeared, by a process called apoptosis (programmed cell death). Some of these embryos developed into apparently normal pups, as long as there were sufficient numbers of normal cells at the start. [Read more]
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News: 55-year-old becomes Britain's oldest mother of triplets

17 April 2016 by Dr Linda Wijlaars
A 55-year-old woman from Boston, England, has become Britain's oldest mother of triplets. Sharon Cutts, now a mother of seven, gave birth by Caesarean section to triplets at Nottingham University Hospital after receiving private IVF treatment in Cyprus. There were complications during the pregnancy, but the triplets were reportedly born healthy after an 11-week stay in hospital. [Read more]
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News: Birth rate up, multiple-birth rate down – egg freezing more common, says HFEA

15 April 2016 by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Pregnancy and live birth rates following IVF have continued to increase as the multiple-birth rate declines, according to the latest figures released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The report also shows that more women are freezing their eggs, although the number of thawed eggs being used in treatment remains low. [Read more]
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Announcement: Post Graduate diploma in Clinical Embryology

14 April 2016 by Dr. Sasikala Natarajamani
Post Graduate diploma in Clinical Embryology Applications are invited for a one year Two semester, Post graduate Diploma in Clinical Embryology awarded by the University of Madras, in collobaration with Crea Conceptions Pvt ltd. Aimed at equipping post graduates in life sciences and medcial graduates with the diverse aspects of assisted reproductive technology, the program is offered through the University - Industry Community Interaction Center (UICIC). Awarded by one of the oldest and most reputable universities of Southern India, this course is ideal for candidates who want to pursue a career in ART. [Read more]
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News: Mouse study raises debate over embryo viability testing

11 April 2016 by Helen Robertson
The presence of genetic abnormalities in cells taken from the placenta at the early stages of pregnancy does not necessarily mean that a baby will be born with a genetic disorder, a study in mice suggests. Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that some mouse embryos containing a mix of genetically normal and abnormal cells could go on to develop normally, with the unhealthy cells self-destructing over time and being replaced by the healthy ones. [Read more]
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