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Fertility & Having Children

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous ASRM announcements that do not fall into a typical publication category (e.g., Press Releases or News Briefs).

Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

California Considers Funding Controversial Research: Editing Genes in Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 10, 2016

The California Institute of Regenerative Medicine was created in 2004 to fund stem cell research, after the federal government stopped paying for most experiments with human embryos. Now the state agency is considering underwriting another controversial use of embryos that the federal government won’t support — editing their genes.

Debate About Fertility Treatment Ethics as South African Company Flies Women to Australia to Donate Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 09, 2016

A South African company has sparked renewed debate about the ethics of some fertility treatments. The company recruits young women to donate their eggs and is heavily promoting itself in Australia.

Stark correlation Found Between Heavy Cell Phone Use and Male Infertility

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 09, 2016

Men, don't throw out your mobile phones just yet. But if you want children, don't slump while talking on your phone, because you have to keep the thing more than half a meter from your groin. Never talk on it while it's charging and yes, it's time to take your man-purse out of storage – you shouldn't keep your cellphone in your pants pocket.

Hair Dye that Could Harm Women's Fertility Banned

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 08, 2016

A hair dye that can harm a woman's fertility and endanger her unborn child has been banned in Britain.

Pentagon to Offer Plan to Store Eggs and Sperm

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 08, 2016

Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter believes he has come up with a way to help the Pentagon retain troops: freezing sperm and eggs. As part of an initiative to make military service more appealing and family friendly, Mr. Carter has created a pilot program that will pay for troops to have their reproductive cells preserved.

ASRM Comments on Institute of Medicine’s Report on Mitochondrial Transfer Techniques

ASRM Bulletins February 03, 2016

Today, the Institute of Medicine’s (National Academy of Medicine’s) Committee on Ethical and Social Policy Considerations of Novel Techniques for Prevention of Maternal Transmission of Mitochondrial DNA Diseases released its report, "Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: Ethical, Social, and Policy Considerations.”  The report, undertaken at the request of the FDA, is available as a free PDF at www.nas.edu/MitoDNAethics.

ASRM Comments on the Institute of Medicine’s Report on Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques

Press Releases February 03, 2016

“We applaud the Committee’s finding that mitochondrial transfer techniques may be ethically used for families at risk of having a child affected by mitochondrial disease. We agree with the Committee that the health and safety of the children born using these methods is of paramount concern and that initial clinical investigations should be limited to women at risk of transmitting serious mitochondrial disease to their children and that the children born from cycles using the procedure must be followed carefully.

Report: It's Ethical to Test Embryos From DNA of 3 People

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Creating babies from the DNA of three people — a man and two women — one day might prevent mothers from passing on devastating genetic diseases, and advisers to the government now say it's ethical to test the procedure under certain conditions.

Inside One of The World's Largest Sperm Banks

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 03, 2016

Cryos International is located on the fifth floor of a small building in Aarhus, Denmark. It looks like any other office, but inside, it's among the world's largest sperm banks.

Kids Preserve Fertility While Fighting Cancer

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine February 02, 2016

Leukemia patient Katie Palermo, 16 of LaGrange, opted to have an ovary stored after her doctor mentioned the possible risk from treatment.

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