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Podcast: Getting from one generation to the next – the life and work of pioneering embryologist Dame Anne McLaren

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney reflects on the life and work of Dame Anne McLaren, one of the leading embryologists of ...
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Is IVF an essential medical procedure during a pandemic?

The pandemic confronts patients and health-care providers with new ethical dilemmas. Is it too risky to pursue a fertility procedure ...
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Fertility breakthrough: First baby born from eggs matured in lab before being frozen

Fertility doctors in France have announced the birth of the first baby to be born to a cancer patient from ...
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This can ‘never ever’ happen again: Cleveland fertility clinic sued over 4,000 lost eggs

Almost two years ago, a freezer malfunction at an Ohio fertility clinic may have destroyed hundreds of patients' chances at ...
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‘Simpler, cheaper’ alternative to IVF promised by controversial embryo research

Researchers have conducted a controversial study that involved paying dozens of young women at a hospital near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ...
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We don’t know enough yet to effectively pick embryos to get smarter, taller children, study says

Despite advances in understanding the combined effects of multiple genes on complex traits in humans, efforts to choose embryos based ...
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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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‘It raises all kind of questions about eugenics’: Startup offering to screen embryos to help parents pick best babies

Anxious couples are approaching fertility doctors in the US with requests for a hotly debated new genetic test being called ...
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Controversial ‘3-parent baby’ technique not effective for women over 36, fertility doctors warn

An experimental and much-hyped reproductive procedure that mixes DNA from three people is not effective at boosting the chances of ...
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Top 10 biotech innovations of all time, including CRISPR, IVF babies

Human Genome Project As biology’s first “big science” collaboration, the international Human Genome Project mapped and sequenced the entire human ...
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Man with at least 17 children sues fertility clinic for being ‘incredibly irresponsible’ with his sperm

An Oregon doctor filed a $5.25 million lawsuit [October 2] against a fertility clinic at the Oregon Health & Science ...
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Thanks to IVF, 73-year-old Indian woman just became the ‘oldest new mother ever documented’

An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic testing plagued by inaccuracies that can be misleading, or even harmful

Polygenic risk scores currently account for only a small proportion of your total genetic risk ...
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IVF nightmare: Fertility clinic glitch results in babies being born to wrong parents

Anni and Ashot Manukyan wanted their daughter to have a younger sibling, so they used a fertility clinic to try ...
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Making eggs and sperm from stem cells would create ‘ethical, social and legal conundrums’

Until recently, the only way to make eggs or sperm was the old-fashioned way: in the ovaries and testes. In ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Greed and profit’ will drive human gene editing unless we develop strong regulations

We may now be on the verge of adding germline engineering to the menu of available reproductive services, that will, ...
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Boutique startups give fertility treatments a ‘luxury’ makeover

[There’s a] growing world of boutique egg-freezing operations Instagrammable enough for their majority-millennial clientele. Take Trellis, a “women’s fertility studio,” ...
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Should you freeze your sperm? The biological clock is ticking for men, too

Women face the brunt of societal pressure to have children before a certain age, but a new study concludes that ...
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Women are freezing their eggs for use later. Will they be viable when thawed?

Because eggs are one of the most important factors in female fertility, and both their quality and quantity declines with ...
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Could we be designing babies from a menu of genetic options in 2045?

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information ...
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Making the case for lifting the US ban on 3-parent babies

A Greek woman with a history of multiple in vitro fertilization failures gave birth to a healthy baby with DNA ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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US researcher: ‘3-parent’ embryos ready to implant if Congress lifts ban on controversial treatment

Researchers at Columbia University in New York have created embryos containing genetic material from three people and are ready to ...
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3-parent baby sparks backlash after doctors use experimental procedure as a fertility treatment

A baby with DNA from three people has been born in Greece following a controversial fertility treatment. The baby boy, weighing 2.9kg ...
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Can artificial intelligence improve IVF success rates?

In theory, an AI application would be able to pick out the single best embryo to use for IVF to ...
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DNA testing uncovers fertility doctor’s decades-old dark secret

The first Facebook message arrived when Heather Woock was packing for vacation, in August 2017. It was from a stranger claiming to ...
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Huntington’s risk spawns niche IVF market for people who don’t want a diagnosis

When Jennifer Leyton was going through IVF, her doctors would tell her very little. They turned off the ultrasound screen ...
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‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...