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News: CRISPR base-editing linked to off-target effects

04 March 2019 by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd
Two new studies suggest that a form of CRISPR base editing is more error-prone than previously thought.
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Article: The place of fertility education in UK schools

04 March 2019 by Professor Adam Balen
Last month, the draft statutory guidance on sex education (now known as Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and health education for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams and teachers) was presented to UK government for debate.
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Featured Product: VITROMED GmbH offers CE-certified, 120h MEA paraffin oil for ART-procedures

28 February 2019 by Vitromed
VITROMED GmbH offers CE-certified, 120h MEA paraffin oil for ART-procedures vOIL is a ready to use light paraffin oil for ART-procedures to overlay small volumes of tissue culture medium. vOIL prevents the evaporation of water and protects the media from changes in osmolality and pH. Furthermore, it enhances rates of embryonic development during embryo culture.
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News: No scientific basis for ten-year egg freezing limit, says minister

25 February 2019 by Yvonne Collins
Baroness Nicola Blackwood, junior minister for innovation in the Department of Health and Social Care has acknowledged that there is a lack of evidence to back up the current time limit on egg freezing.
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Article: Extending the ten-year storage limit for frozen eggs

25 February 2019 by Salima Budhani and Theodora Middleton
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 requires that human gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos collected and stored by fertility clinics be destroyed after ten years, except in cases of premature infertility. This time limit applies to women often referred to as 'social' egg freezers irrespective of the age of the woman when the ten-year limit is reached; it applies equally to women who froze eggs when aged 25 and those who froze eggs at 45.
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Journal Updates: Reproductive BioMedicine Online: February 2019 (Volume 38, Issue 2)

18 February 2019 by Reproductive BioMedicine Online
Reproductive BioMedicine Online: February 2019 (Volume 38, Issue 2) Articles Include: Live births following genome editing in human embryos: a call for clarity, self-control and regulation Helen C O'Neill, Jacques Cohen Towards the global coverage of a unified registry of IVF outcomes Bart CJM Fauser Association between early embryo morphokinetics plus cumulus cell gene expression and assisted reproduction outcomes in polycystic ovary syndrome women Nasim Tabibnejad, Mohammad Hasan Sheikhha, Nasrin Ghasemi, Farzaneh Fesahat, Mehrdad Soleimani, Abbas Aflatoonian
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News: Shape of female reproductive tract weeds out weak sperm

18 February 2019 by Jakki Magowan
Slower sperm are beaten by stronger and faster sperm when competing to fertilise an egg due to restrictive bottlenecks in the female reproductive tract.
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News: 'Older' sperm produce healthier offspring

18 February 2019 by Dr Elizabeth Oliver
Selecting sperm with greater stamina results in offspring that are healthier and live longer, according to a recent study in zebrafish.
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News: WHO forms human genome editing panel in wake of controversy

18 February 2019 by Sam Sherratt
The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an 18-member committee of scientific experts from around the globe next month with the goal of developing international standards for the oversight of human genome editing.
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News: IVF linked to pregnancy complication risk in women

12 February 2019 by Jakki Magowan
Women who have fertility treatments have a slightly higher risk of severe complications during pregnancy and delivery than those not undergoing treatment.
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