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Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?

By John D. Loike and Alan Kadish | June 14, 2018

The use of pronuclear transfer to treat infertility must first be backed by evidence it can work in cases where parents seek to avoid mitochondrial mutations.

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Image of the Day: Sperm Protectors

By The Scientist Staff | August 18, 2017

Among their many functions, macrophages in mouse testes guard sperm against attacks by other immune cells. 

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Image of the Day: Embryoid

By The Scientist Staff | August 11, 2017

Using human pluripotent stem cells, scientists engineered an amniotic sac-like structure, potentially useful for uncovering the elusive cellular signals that lead to infertility.

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Smartphone Semen Assay

By Kerry Grens | March 23, 2017

An app-based sperm analyzer screens for signs of male infertility.

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image: Study: IVF Media Affects Treatment Outcomes

Study: IVF Media Affects Treatment Outcomes

By Ben Andrew Henry | August 24, 2016

Differences between cultures used for in vitro fertilization techniques can impact fertility and offspring health, researchers report.

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image: Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm

Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm

By Tanya Lewis | April 29, 2016

The reprogrammed germ-like cells were unable to fertilize eggs, however. 

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A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?

By Ruth Williams | April 9, 2015

Scientists find a common genetic variant in mothers that decreases the chance of successful pregnancy.

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Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?

By Dan Cossins | April 22, 2013

A new study suggests that in the Spanish Habsburg royal family, natural selection may have diminished the most harmful effects of inbreeding.

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Nobel Laureate and IVF Pioneer Dies

By Bob Grant | April 11, 2013

Sir Robert Edwards, whose research led to the birth of the first test tube baby, has died at age 87.

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Why Women’s Eggs Don’t Last

By Kate Yandell | February 13, 2013

As reproductive tissues age, DNA repair mechanisms become less efficient, causing genomic damage to accumulate.

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