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News: Japan prepares to allow genome editing in human embryos

08 October 2018 by Antony Blackburn-Starza
Japan has introduced draft guidelines on genome editing that would permit the use of the approach, including CRISPR/Cas9, in human embryos for research purposes.
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News: Gastruloids self-assemble into 3D 'little banana' shape

08 October 2018 by Dr Rachel Huddart
Clusters of embryonic stem cells, known as gastruloids, have been found to form structures similar to a developing embryo.
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News: Malta reforms law on embryo freezing and gamete donation

08 October 2018 by Jennifer Willows
Malta's Embryo Protection (Amendment) Act, which came into effect on 1 October, has widened access to IVF and legalised gamete donation and embryo freezing. The act updates Malta's 2012 Embryo Protection Act, which had restricted access to fertility treatment to heterosexual couples, and outlawed gamete donation and surrogacy.
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Article: Men are not getting adequate care for infertility

08 October 2018 by Professor Sheena Lewis
There has been much media interest in male infertility care this year, but two major issues have stood out. The first is the inadequacy of care for the man, from incomplete diagnosis to non-information about his treatment choices. The second is the use of a vulnerable woman to undergo invasive fertility treatment in order to treat a third party – her male partner. This is unparalleled in other branches of medicine.
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Announcement: Clinical Embryology Training Fellowship

02 October 2018 by Director of Training and Development
Interested candidates are invited for a training opportunity in our Center. The International Embryologist Training Program provides expert training for Embryologists and Andrologist, including Biologist, and those new to the field can acquire improved skills and understanding of theoretical and practical aspect of Clinical Embryology practice in more specific area of Assisted Reproduction Technology Practice and Laboratory Quality Management.
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News: Australian woman wins right to IVF without estranged husband's consent

01 October 2018 by Sarah Pritchard
A woman in Melbourne, Australia, has won the right to have IVF treatment using donor sperm, without the consent of her estranged husband.
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News: French ethics body backs IVF for single and lesbian women

01 October 2018 by Isobel Steer
France's national consultative committee on bioethics (CCNE) has said that single women and gay women should be able to access IVF and other assisted reproductive technologies. Currently these treatments are available only to heterosexual couples in France.
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News: NHS to be sued over failing to offer trans patients egg and sperm freezing

01 October 2018 by Georgia Everett
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (ERHC) is preparing to sue NHS England over its failure to offer fertility preservation services to transgender patients.
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Journal Updates: Human Reproduction - Volume 33 Issue 10. October 2018

24 September 2018 by Human Reproduction
Articles include: Inconclusive chromosomal assessment after blastocyst biopsy: prevalence, causative factors and outcomes after re-biopsy and re-vitrification. A multicenter experience Danilo Cimadomo, Laura Rienzi, Valeria Romanelli, Erminia Alviggi, Paolo Emanuele Levi-Setti, Elena Albani, Ludovica Dusi , Letizia Papini, Claudia Livi, Francesca Benini, Antonella Smeraldi, Cristina Patassini, Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Antonio Capalbo. A cost-effectiveness analysis of freeze-only or fresh embryo transfer in IVF of non-PCOS women Khoa D Le, Lan N Vuong, Tuong M Ho, Vinh Q Dang, Toan D Pham , Clarabelle T Pham, Robert J Norman, Ben Willem
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News: Frequent sex – not abstinence – is better for sperm quality

24 September 2018 by Christie Whitehouse
Sperm quality and pregnancy outcomes in IVF may be improved with frequent ejaculation, a new study suggests.
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