A study published in the March 2013 edition of Reproductive Biomedicine Online examines a new technique for sampling embryo DNA. Scientists explain how extracting fluid from blastocysts could be a safer and more efficient alternative to biopsy via preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
A study to be published in an upcoming Fetal & Neonatal Edition of Archives of Disease in Childhood suggests that longer time to conception, as is the case for fertility patients, may put parents at greater risk of having children with minor neurological development complications.
A study published in the journal, Cancer, in January 2013 says BRCA gene mutation is responsible for more than just breast or ovarian cancer. Women with mutations are also at risk of entering menopause at a younger age and suffering an earlier decline in fertility.
Reports out of Australia say couples will soon have greater reproductive options due to a new agreement that allows Aussie women to import donor eggs from the United States. Until now, couples who were looking into donor egg in vitro fertilization (IVF) found themselves in competition with one another due to the shortage of donor egg supply.
A new study published by Dr. Perrine Campas and colleagues in the March 13, 2013 edition of the journal Human Reproduction, compared fertility outcomes after treating ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate injection, salpingostomy which preserves the fallopian tubes, or salpingectomy (Fallopian tube removal). This study is the first randomized trial of its kind, designed to compare treatments for ectopic pregnancy and subsequent fertility. Results indicate that post-treatment fertility rates to be similar whether patients experience low risk ectopic pregnancy or high risk ectopic pregnancy, and regardless of the type of treatment recommended per the severity of the ectopic pregnancy.
Federal judge, Robert Miller, has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought forth by an Indiana school teacher who was fired from her job because she underwent in vitro fertilization (IVF), a fertility treatment that is banned under Catholic law.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated on March 15, 2013
A technique for monitoring embryo development has been put into practice by 15 fertility clinics in the United States since it was first approved by the FDA in 2011. The first live birth resulting from IVF and Embryoscope culture was reported in 2012 by The Fertility Centers of New England and now the Cleveland Clinic has announced its first success: healthy twin girls born after utilizing the Embryoscope technology!
Research findings presented at the American Society for Reproductive medicine’s annual conference in October 2012 say a breakthrough method of genetic screening combines two important tests for examining DNA and number of chromosomes in an embryo during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.
A study published in the journal Online Proceedings Library of the Materials Research Society says Petri dishes made of diamond, rather than polystyrene, promote better sperm viability.
The data suggests that in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates could improve using a more stable material than the plastic traditionally used to create the dishes.