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News: One round of chemotherapy doesn't affect sperm count

04 March 2019 by Georgia Everett

Men can safely undergo one round of chemotherapy or radiotherapy for early-stage testicular germ-cell cancer without any negative impact on sperm quality, a new study has found. 

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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
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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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