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Article: Benefits and challenges of using artificial intelligence in assisted reproductive technologies

28 July 2019 by Dr Hazar Haidar

AI made its debut into the research world of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in the late 1990s, through the creation of an algorithm aimed at predicting the outcome of IVF. More AI technologies using different kinds of algorithms followed and were used in various ways, including sperm cell classification and oocyte and embryo selection. 

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News: 'Secret handshake' between sperm and uterus

28 July 2019 by Bethany Muller

A study reveals that a molecular handshake may exist between cells of the uterus and sperm that may help sperm evade attack by the female immune response. 

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News: Plaque to finally honour snubbed IVF pioneers

28 July 2019 by Dr Yvonne Collins
Plaque to finally honour snubbed IVF pioneers

The Royal Oldham Hospital is commissioning a new plaque to honour Jean Purdy and Sister Muriel Harris who played a pivotal role in the world's first IVF baby. This comes almost a month after Oldham councillor Zahid Chauhan called for hospital chiefs and the council to formally acknowledge Purdy's contributions.

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Course: Embryo biopsy workshop

27 July 2019 by Prof Joyce Harper

The programme will provide embryologists with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of embryo biopsy.  As well as lectures, the course will include hands on practicals and demonstrations of cleavage stage and blastocyst biopsy. During the two days, delegates will not become competent at these techniques but will have enough hands on to go away and practice in their own laboratory setting.  The workshop will also allow scientists to discuss the technology with their peers and with experts in the field.  Delegates will be given copies of the powerpoint presentations.

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News: Human embryo model made from stem cells is most advanced yet

08 July 2019 by Dr Elizabeth Oliver

Scientists have used embryonic stem cells to create three-dimensional early-stage human embryos that are more complex than any previous lab-generated embryo model. The researchers hope these structures or 'embryoids' will provide crucial insights into the earliest events underlying human development.

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News: Men in their fifties have reduced success in fertility treatment

08 July 2019 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The chance of success with fertility treatment using IVF or ICSI decreases if a man is over 51, according to a new study.

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News: ICSI no better than IVF for routine infertility cases

08 July 2019 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The increasingly popular technique ICSI has no advantages over IVF in treating cases not related to male infertility, according to a new study.

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News: Air pollution reduces women's egg reserves

25 June 2019 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Exposure to environmental air pollutants may decrease a woman's ovarian reserve, suggests a new study.

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News: Success rates for IVF and ICSI in Europe plateau

25 June 2019 by Shaoni Bhattacharya

While IVF use in Europe has risen, the success rates after IVF or (intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) appear to have peaked.

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News: Informal sperm donor is legal parent, rules Australian court

25 June 2019 by Jen Willows

The Australian High Court has ruled that a man who provided sperm to a friend is the legal father of her child.

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