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News: IVF more successful than ever, says major UK report

19 March 2018 by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

Fertility treatment in the UK is more successful and safer than ever before, according to a report from the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

IVF is now 85 percent more likely to succeed than when records first began in 1991, said the regulator. Over 20,000 babies were born in 2016 as a result of more than 68,000 IVF treatments, an increase of four percent from 2015. The HFEA's new report covers fertility treatment trends and success rates for the 2014-2016 period.

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News: Donor Conceived Register to close as HFEA ends funding

19 March 2018 by Martha Henriques

The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has said that it will halt funding for the Donor Conceived Register from the end of May.

The register has facilitated voluntary contact between people in the UK conceived through donated sperm or egg before 1991 and their donors, allowing them to exchange information or get in touch if they wish.

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News: UK region cuts IVF for couples with obese male partner

19 March 2018 by Chandni Patel

The Bath and North East Somerset CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) has said that it will restrict IVF access to couples where the male partner has a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30.

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News: Arizona embryo bill raises 'personhood' concerns

19 March 2018 by Georgia Everett

The Arizona House of Representatives is considering a bill that would mean a couple's cryopreserved embryos could still be used by one of the parties if they split.

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News: Certain antihistamines linked to reduced male fertility

19 March 2018 by Kulraj Singh Bhangra

Studies in humans and animals have found that certain antihistamines may affect testicular function in males.

A review of research on the topic, published in the journal Reproduction, found that in animal studies, antihistamines were likely to affect the production of male sex hormones in the testes. This could lead to altered morphology and decreased motility of sperm, as well as a lower sperm count.

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News: UK public in favour of genome editing human embryos for disease

19 March 2018 by Kathryn Ashe

British people are largely in favour of using genome editing to prevent inheritance of genetic disorders, according to a survey by the Royal Society.

The development of improved methods for editing DNA mean a wider range of applications are now available to treat and cure serious diseases. The public's views on whether these technologies should be used in a clinical setting have, until now, been largely unknown.

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Article: The silent seed

05 March 2018 by Dr Anna Smajdor

A person's death need no longer spell the end of his or her future reproductive possibilities. A dead or dying person can have their reproductive tissue removed to enable someone else to have a child.

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News: New twist in the tail of human sperm discovered

26 February 2018 by Dr Katie Howe

A corkscrew-like structure in the tip of sperm tails has been identified by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Researchers think the structure could help sperm to swim quickly and in the right direction.

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News: Sheep embryos with human cells grown for first time

26 February 2018 by Kathryn Ashe

Scientists have successfully grown sheep embryos containing human cells, taking a step towards a method for growing human organs in animals for transplantation.

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News: Stress in mice alters sperm and affects offspring brain development

26 February 2018 by Helen Robertson

A father's stress levels can affect the brain development of his offspring, new research has found. The study, carried out in mice, found that greater levels of stress around the time of conception resulted in offspring with a reduced stress response. Lowered stress response has been linked to a number of disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

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