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IVF Journal Updates: How Germany's new Sperm Donor Registry Act is internationally progressive

02 July 2017 by Claudia Brügge and Dr Petra Thorn

For decades, Germany has been nationally and internationally regarded as a country with little regulation regarding third-party reproduction: treatment with donor sperm and donor embryos (egg donation is forbidden). Recently however, the German government has passed a law that will regulate the right of offspring conceived by donor insemination (DI) to access their biological origins.

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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Volume 35 • Issue 1 July 2017

02 July 2017 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Announcement: Fertility 2018 - Call for Papers

26 June 2017 by Fertility 2018
Fertility 2018 - Call for Papers

Fertility 2018 is the 11th Joint Conference of the Association of Clinical Embryologists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction & Fertility. The 2018 conference will take place in Liverpool at the ACC from 4 - 6 January 2018.

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Announcement: New Course On Fertility Preservation

26 June 2017 by ASRM
New Course On Fertility Preservation

The Oncofertility Consortium and ASRM have partnered to establish this online certificate course covering principles of fertility preservation for reproductive health professionals. This course will provide an organized, easily accessible, and evidenced-based review of established and experimental therapies for fertility preservation, patient selection, and pre- and post-treatment counseling, as well as ethical considerations in this emerging field. 

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Announcement: 4th Congress of Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists with international participation

26 June 2017 by Dejan Ljiljak
4th Congress of Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists with international participation

Dear colleagues,

We are very excited and pleased to invite you to 4th Congress of Croatian Society of Clinical Embryologists with international participation, which will be held on Brijuni island (Croatia) from 7th - 10th of September. The title of our event is "Quality control and new technologies in clinical embriology".

Hope that you will join us!

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News: Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility

22 June 2017 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture.

Dr John Zhang of the New Hope Fertility Center Clinic in New York City aims to use the maternal spindle transfer process to 'rejuvenate' the eggs of older women aged 42 to 47, according to press reports last week.

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News: MSc clinical embryology & preimplantation genetics

20 June 2017 by Dr Yogita

University of Mysore, MSc in Clinical Embryology & Pre-implantation Genetics
Admission open for July 2017 batch.

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Announcement: Cryopreservation of Mammalian Gametes and Embryos: Methods and Protocols

19 June 2017 by Nagy, Zsolt Peter, Varghese, Alex C., Agarwal, Ashok (Eds.) 

New IVF book available:

This volume provides a comprehensive and technical presentation of numerous aspects of reproductive cell tissue cryopreservation, and presents readers with current procedures and detailed discussions of novel techniques and the latest innovations. The chapters in this book are divided into five parts and cover subjects such as: immature oocyte cryopreservation, human sperm vitrification and slow-freezing, directional freezing of ovarian tissue, automated vitrification systems, and detailed protocols on popular and commercially available cryopreservation/vitrification systems. Written in the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology series format, chapters include introductions to their respective topics, lists of the necessary materials and reagents, step-by-step, readily reproducible laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls.

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Article: Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF

14 June 2017 by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos

The recent study from Dreyer et al [1] examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography (HSG) has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF. 

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Article: Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

14 June 2017 by Professor David Skuse

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children question why one child is affected when often their siblings develop perfectly normally. We have few answers, but most research shows that genetic inheritance plays by far the largest role.

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