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Glossary

Hormone

A chemical messenger produced in the body, for example testosterone. Hormones can travel through the blood and have an effect elsewhere in the body.



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Transferring just one embryo doubles IVF success

06 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Using just one embryo during IVF results in a much higher chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine... [Read More]

Seventy-two new gene targets for breast cancer found

30 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Two studies have discovered 72 new genetic variants associated with the risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]

Act now to investigate male infertility, urges expert

16 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

An expert in male fertility has called for urgent research into the stark decline reported in Western sperm counts... [Read More]

'Fertility' prediction tests for women do not work

16 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Tests which assess how many eggs a woman has in her ovaries do not accurately predict fertility, finds a new study... [Read More]

Asthma link to increased need for fertility treatment

18 September 2017 - by Dr Lanay Griessner

Women with asthma are more likely to undergo fertility treatment than those without the disease, suggests new research... [Read More]

Financial stress and circadian gene linked to migraine

11 September 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

People with specific variants of a body clock gene are more likely than others to develop migraines under financial hardship... [Read More]

Common flame retardant reduces IVF success

29 August 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

Lower IVF success rates have been linked to flame retardants commonly found in household items... [Read More]

Female is not 'default sex' of embryos

21 August 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A protein that controls removal of male reproductive tissue in female mice embryos has been discovered... 

Gene therapy skin grafts for obesity and diabetes

07 August 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A proof-of-concept study in mice has demonstrated how skin grafts could deliver gene therapy for obesity and diabetes... [Read More]

Noisy bedrooms may affect male fertility

03 July 2017 - by Lea Goetz

New research suggests living near a road which is noisy at night-time may contribute to male infertility... [Read More]

Herbal remedy extracts may stop sperm drilling into eggs

22 May 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

Two plant chemicals used in folk medicines block a key step in fertilisation, and may provide a potential alternative to hormone-based contraceptives... [Read More]

Synthetic 3D-printed ovaries help infertile mice have pups

22 May 2017 - by Anna Leida

Fully functional 3D-printed ovaries have been successfully implanted in mice for the first time - enabling them to have offspring... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Secrets Inside Your Cells - Epigenetics, Trauma and Ancestry

08 May 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Human Genome Project, completed in April 2003, greatly improved our ability to study human health and disease. It also provided a deeper insight into our history and evolution as a species. Yet a recent episode of the 'Science Friction' radio show, presented by Natasha Mitchell on Australia’s ABC Radio, delved further into these fascinating topics through the lens of the new and emerging field of epigenetics.

79 rare obesity-causing genes catalogued

03 April 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

Seventy-nine rare genetic syndromes in which obesity is a major feature have been catalogued by Canadian researchers... [Read More]

Female reproductive cycle recreated on chip

03 April 2017 - by Caroline Casey

Researchers in the US have replicated the female reproductive tract using a 3D model that mimics the natural menstrual cycle... [Read More]

Baldness linked to over 280 genes

20 February 2017 - by Emma Laycock

A new study has found over 280 genes associated with male-pattern baldness... [Read More]

GIANT makes short work of height gene discovery

20 February 2017 - by Professor Darren Griffin

A recent large-scale study that discovered 83 rare genes related to human height reveals the power of so-called genome-wide association studies... [Read More]

Shift work and manual labour lower women's fertility

13 February 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Women who have physically demanding jobs or non-daytime working hours may experience decreased fertility, according to a study... [Read More]

First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation

16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck

A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]

Genetic fingerprint identifies aggressive prostate cancer

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Canadian scientists have identified a genetic fingerprint that indicates which prostate cancer tumours may develop into a more aggressive form of the disease after treatment... [Read More]

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