Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease
Opinion: Treating Infertility as a Disease

For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.

For too long, a physiological inability to conceive or carry a child through to birth has been seen as a minor medical issue.

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A New View of My Own Past
A New View of My Own Past
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2021
Hearing others’ perspectives on infertility and pregnancy has me reconsidering my own reproductive journey.
Women’s Cervical Mucus Prefers Some Sperm Over Others 
Women’s Cervical Mucus Prefers Some Sperm Over Others 
Abby Olena | Aug 18, 2020
In human male-female pairs with a less similar suite of genes for human leukocyte antigens, sperm fare better when exposed to cervical mucus.
Single-Cell Analysis of Ovarian Cortex Fails to Find Stem Cells
Single-Cell Analysis of Ovarian Cortex Fails to Find Stem Cells
Amy Schleunes | Mar 6, 2020
The controversial oogonial stem cells eluded a team of Swedish researchers who mapped high-quality tissue samples of the human ovary, prompting more questions about the cells’ existence.  
Baby Born from Egg that Was Matured and Frozen in the Lab
Baby Born from Egg that Was Matured and Frozen in the Lab
Catherine Offord | Feb 19, 2020
A cancer patient who underwent the new fertility preservation procedure successfully gave birth five years after her immature eggs were collected.
Image of the Day: Old Ovaries
Image of the Day: Old Ovaries
Amy Schleunes | Feb 6, 2020
Oxidative stress associated with aging damages ovarian cells in both humans and nonhuman primates.
Human Testicles Contain Endocannabinoid System Components
Human Testicles Contain Endocannabinoid System Components
Ruth Williams | Sep 19, 2019
Proteins that synthesize, bind, and degrade endocannabinoids are present in the body’s sperm factories, suggesting that the use of cannabis may directly affect them.
Fertility Clinics Sought Advice from Scientist Who CRISPRed Babies
Fertility Clinics Sought Advice from Scientist Who CRISPRed Babies
Chia-Yi Hou | May 29, 2019
Emails reveal that a facility in Dubai and others have asked geneticist He Jiankui for help in gene-editing embryos.
“Three-Parent” IVF Trialed for Infertility
“Three-Parent” IVF Trialed for Infertility
Shawna Williams | Jan 25, 2019
A company announces the first pregnancy in a study of whether donor mitochondria can boost IVF’s odds of success.
Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?
Opinion: Three-Parent Embryos—A Slippery Slope?
John D. Loike, Alan Kadish | Jun 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.
Image of the Day: Sperm Protectors
Image of the Day: Sperm Protectors
The Scientist Staff | Aug 18, 2017
Among their many functions, macrophages in mouse testes guard sperm against attacks by other immune cells. 
Image of the Day: Embryoid
Image of the Day: Embryoid
The Scientist Staff | Aug 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.
Smartphone Semen Assay
Smartphone Semen Assay
Kerry Grens | Mar 23, 2017
An app-based sperm analyzer screens for signs of male infertility.
Study: IVF Media Affects Treatment Outcomes
Study: IVF Media Affects Treatment Outcomes
Ben Andrew Henry | Aug 24, 2016
Differences between cultures used for in vitro fertilization techniques can impact fertility and offspring health, researchers report.
Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm
Skin Cells Turned Into Immature Sperm
Tanya Lewis | Apr 29, 2016
The reprogrammed germ-like cells were unable to fertilize eggs, however. 
A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?
A Benefit of Failed Pregnancy?
Ruth Williams | Apr 9, 2015
Scientists find a common genetic variant in mothers that decreases the chance of successful pregnancy.
Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?
Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?
Dan Cossins | Apr 22, 2013
A new study suggests that in the Spanish Habsburg royal family, natural selection may have diminished the most harmful effects of inbreeding.
Nobel Laureate and IVF Pioneer Dies
Nobel Laureate and IVF Pioneer Dies
Bob Grant | Apr 11, 2013
Sir Robert Edwards, whose research led to the birth of the first test tube baby, has died at age 87.
Why Women’s Eggs Don’t Last
Why Women’s Eggs Don’t Last
Kate Yandell | Feb 13, 2013
As reproductive tissues age, DNA repair mechanisms become less efficient, causing genomic damage to accumulate.
Creating Sperm from Skin
Hayley Dunning | Aug 30, 2012
Researchers create early stage sperm cells from induced pluripotent stem cells, raising hopes that infertile men could be fathers.