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Gene that guides egg points to cause of ectopic pregnancy
1 March 2021 - by Beatrice Costa
The risk of ectopic pregnancy may be influenced by regulation of a specific gene, according to new research... [Read More]
Lab grown brain organoids mirror newborn brain development
1 March 2021 - by Dr Emma Green
Brain organoids, grown in the lab from stem cells, have been shown to develop in-line with the human brain... [Read More]
Longevity gene protects brain stem cells from stress
1 March 2021 - by Joseph Hamilton
A gene linked to longevity has been shown to protect brain stem cells from oxidative stress... [Read More]
Ethics of genetically reconstituting oocytes
1 March 2021 - by Professor John D Loike
In the 16 December issue of Nature, researchers reported that the addition of eight transcription factors to pluripotent stem cells converted them into a primary oocyte-like cell... [Read More]
The Health of IVF Babies: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?
1 March 2021 - by Annabel Slater
In 1978, in the run-up to the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby, the media speculated greatly over whether she would be normal. 'Had there been anything at all wrong with me,' Brown has reflected, 'I think it would have been the end of IVF.'.. [Read More]
FILM: The COVID Vaccine – A Shot in the Arm for Fertility Treatment?
22 February 2021 - by BioNews
This film documents a Progress Educational Trust event about vaccination and assisted conception... [Read More]
Animation Review: The Human Pangenome
1 March 2021 - by Francesca Sowerbutts
When the Human Genome Project was completed in 2000, Bill Clinton, then president of the United States, called it 'the most important, most wondrous map ever produced by humankind'... [Read More]
Podcast Review: Sperm Series – I download an app
1 March 2021 - by Eleanor Mackle
Dating hasn't worked out for Andrea Silenzi, and through running 'The Longest Shortest Time' podcast, she has decided that she is ready to become a single parent. In the first episode of a three-part miniseries, Silenzi explores using an app called 'Just a Baby' to find a sperm donor... [Read More]
Book Review: Going it Alone – A guide for solo mums in the UK
22 February 2021 - by Dr Helen Robertson
The number of single women pursuing motherhood has seen a rapid rise in recent years. As changes in the trends of those seeking assisted reproduction become more apparent, it's perhaps even more important that relevant information and support is available to those pursuing parenthood using such approaches... [Read More]