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Gene Editing Technique Offers Hope for Hereditary Diseases

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 24, 2015

Salk Institute researchers have developed a potential therapeutic avenue for preventing the transmission of mitochondrial diseases by selectively eliminating those mutations from eggs or early embryos.

Infertility: When Adoption Is Not an Option

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 24, 2015

Justine Brooks Froelker said her infertility journey, which has not resulted in that "adorable picture of the 'complete' family, baby and all," makes people uncomfortable and sad.Instead of getting angry and frustrated when she gets the question, as a therapist she shifts into educator mode and tries to help people understand that adoption is an "awesome option" for many families but it wasn't on the table for her and her husband.

An App for Hacking Fertility Now Also Works for Men

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 24, 2015

In our culture, reproduction is often seen as women’s work. From pregnancy to childbirth through nursing a newborn child, women are often expected to take the central role in creating new life by default. Similarly, when problems of infertility arise, the focus is often slanted toward females.

Infertility: Causes, Remedies and Options

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 24, 2015

Baby-making seems easy. There is a lot of education, even anxiety, around preventing unwanted pregnancy once we become sexually active. But many couples dealing with infertility would dispute the notion that getting pregnant is as simple as shelving birth control. Dr. Jamie Grifo, program director for NYU's Fertility Center, sees struggling couples in his clinic every day.

ASRM Receives $100,000 Gift from Manhattan Cryobank

Press Releases April 23, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that Manhattan Cryobank had pledged a gift of $100,000 to endow the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) traveling scholar program. The gift will permanently endow funds to bring a young urologist or male reproductive specialist to the ASRM Annual Meeting each year.

'Evil Twin' Embryo Removed From Woman's Brain

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

Doctors have discovered an embryonic twin complete with bone, hair and teeth in the brain of a woman having surgery for a suspected tumour.

Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported editing the genomes of human embryos. The results are published1 in the online journal Protein & Cell and confirm widespread rumours that such experiments had been conducted — rumours that sparked a high-profile debate last month2, 3 about the ethical implications of such work.

Preventing Deformed Limbs: Researchers Find New Link Between Physical Forces and Limb Development

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

University of Toronto engineers and a pediatric surgeon have joined forces to discover how physical forces like pressure and tension affect the development of limbs in embryos—research that could someday be used to help prevent birth defects.

Newt Gingrich: Double the N.I.H. Budget

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 23, 2015

No one who lived through the 1990s would have suspected that one day people would look back on the period as a golden age of bipartisan cooperation. But in some important ways, it was. Amid the policy fights that followed the Republican victories of 1994, President Bill Clinton and the new majorities in Congress reached one particularly good deal: doubling the budget for the National Institutes of Health.

At a Crossroads: 4 Infertility Journeys

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine April 22, 2015

We asked our readers to share these stories of their journeys during Infertility Awareness Week. They opened up about their successes and failures, their tears and smiles.


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