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The following links have been gleaned from current news to help keep you informed on reproductive medicine's impact on our world. Note:  Some newspapers and periodicals require free registration to access their online articles. The links on this page may expire within a week of posting; however, most news web sites keep online archives with articles offered either free or available for purchase. WARNING! THE ASRM HAS NOT REVIEWED THE CONTENTS OF THE EXTERNAL WEB SITES LISTED ON THIS PAGE, NOR CAN WE ENDORSE THEM OR THE VIEWS EXPRESSED WITHIN.  

Skeptical Dems Sink Colorado Fetal-Homicide ‘Personhood’ Bill

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 06, 2015

Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman’s fetal homicide bill never stood a chance of making it through the legislature, despite being propelled by public outrage generated by a grisly crime that Cadman said inspired him to introduce it. His “Offenses against Unborn Children” act died in a House committee Monday afternoon on a party-line vote.

Read This Before You Freak Out Over Gene-Edited Superbabies

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 05, 2015

Sit down America, and let’s talk about making babies. Specifically, designer babies. Because ever since in vitro fertilization made it possible for parents to select embryos with the best genetics, precisely-engineered progeny have been a big fear. And now that a powerful gene-editing technique has been used on human embryos, it’s fine to get a little freaked out.  But—here’s the important bit—let’s not leave out the hope of eradicating thousands of diseases, and the potential to make many pharmacological treatments obsolete.

DNA Editing Takes a Serious Step Forward -- For Better or Worse

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 04, 2015

It's a scenario that has haunted biologists since the dawn of the DNA age: the evil scientist custom-crafting a human being with test tubes and Petri dishes. So when a Chinese team revealed last month that it had used a new laboratory technique to alter a gene in human embryos, it set off an urgent debate over the ethics — and wisdom — of tinkering with the most basic building blocks of life.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal After Years of Short Term Fixes

ASRM Bulletins April 15, 2015

The problematic SGR formula that has threatened payment reductions for doctors for many years is at long last set to be repealed. Late last night, the Senate voted to pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.  The Senate bill is identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives in late March. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.  The Senate vote occurred just hours before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

Press Releases April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

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