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News: German Parliament passes the Sperm Donor Registry Act

03 June 2017 by Dr Lanay Tierney

The German Parliament has passed the Sperm Donor Registry Act, which will allow children born from 2018 onwards to access their donors' information.

'Everyone has the right to know who they descend from. With this law, we take this basic human need into account. Through the establishment of a national sperm donor registry, we strengthen the right of children to know their origins. At the same time, we will ensure for a high protection of stored personal data,' said health secretary Hermann Gröhe.

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News: Sperm 'radar' sorts the good from the bad

03 June 2017 by Shaoni Bhattacharya
Sperm 'radar' sorts the good from the bad

A giant scanner has been successfully used to sort 'good' sperm from 'bad'.

The team at the University of Sheffield hope their technique might one day help develop diagnostic tests and treatments for male infertility.

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News: Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

03 June 2017 by Dr Ashley Cartwright
Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

Mouse sperm stored aboard the International Space Station (ISS) for nine months has been used to produce healthy pups back on Earth.

Japanese researchers sent freeze-dried sperm to space to understand the long-term effects of microgravity and radiation exposure on mammalian reproduction and development. The sperm were stored at -95ºC, with researchers also using 'ground control' sperm from the same mice, stored in the same conditions on Earth for the same duration.

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Announcement: Hands on ivf training for Gynaecologist &Embryologist at chennai fertility center and Research Institute

01 June 2017 by Dr.VM.Thomas
Hands on ivf training for Gynaecologist &Embryologist at chennai fertility center and Research Institute

Chennai fertility center and Research Institute cordillay invites to participate 24th batch of IVF intensive hands on training for clinician as well as Embryologist starting from 6th June 2017 to 18th June 2017.The Hands on course will run by World renowned Embryologist Dr.VM.Thomas-team.

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News: 100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF

26 May 2017 by Dr Katie Howe

Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with a poppyseed-based oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study.

The procedure, called a hysterosalpingography (HSG), dates back to 1917 and is normally used to diagnose fertility problems.

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News: Synthetic 3D-printed ovaries help infertile mice have pups

26 May 2017 by Anna Leida

Fully functional 3D-printed ovaries have been successfully implanted in mice for the first time - enabling them to have healthy offspring.

A team led by researchers at Northwestern University, Illinois, removed ovaries from female mice and replaced them with bioprosthetic ones that were capable of ovulating. The mice became pregnant naturally and gave birth to pups that thrived with their mothers' nursing.

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News: MSc clinical embryology & preimplantation genetics

23 May 2017 by Dr Yogita

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

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11 May 2017 by David Morroll


A general overview of genomics for clinicians, nurses, embryologists and all staff working in ART with an interest in genetic technologies.


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IVF Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: May 2017 (Volume 34, Issue 5)

04 May 2017 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Articles include:

In vitro culture of individual mouse preimplantation embryos: the role of embryo density, microwells, oxygen, timing and conditioned media 
Rebecca L. Kelley, David K. Gardner 

Preliminary investigation of the prevalence and implantation potential of abnormal embryonic phenotypes assessed using time-lapse imaging 
Amy Barrie, Roy Homburg, Garry McDowell, Jeremy Brown, Charles Kingsland, Stephen Troup 

Magnetic cell sorting of semen containing spermatozoa with high DNA fragmentation in ICSI cycles decreases miscarriage rate 
Pascual Sánchez-Martín, Mónica Dorado-Silva, Fernando Sánchez-Martín, Mercedes González Martínez, Stephen D. Johnston, Jaime Gosálvez 

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Article: Overuse of IVF risks public funding

04 May 2017 by G. Bahadur, R Homburg, A. Al-Habib, A Muneer

The UK IVF industry is highly reliant on patients being recommended IVF treatment directly on the basis of one poor RCT with a low IUI success rate of 7%/cycle used by NICE.

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