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CONTENTS Issue #323
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What is a father?
Why aren't we following WHO sperm guidelines?
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What is a father?
25 August 2005 - by Professor Heather Draper and Dr Jonathan Ives
The recent finding by a research team at Liverpool John Moores University, that one in 25 men may be raising children to whom they are not genetically related, has given rise to number of newspaper articles claiming 'One in 25 fathers 'not the daddy''. It might be argued that a... [Read More]
Why aren't we following WHO sperm guidelines?
30 August 2005 - by Dr Kate Whittington and Dr Allan Pacey
Given the ongoing concerns about the apparent decline in male fertility over the last 50 years, one might be forgiven for thinking that the examination of human semen in the laboratory was now an exact science. This examination is a crucial part of the initial assessment of men reporting fertility... [Read More]
Reality TV search for sperm donor
25 August 2005 - by BioNews
A Dutch television station may begin a series of reality TV programmes called 'I want your child... and nothing else!' in which a woman searches for a man to donate sperm so that she can have a child. The pilot programme needs to 'win' a viewers' vote after five different... [Read More]
Vascular gene fault may be linked to Alzheimer's disease
25 August 2005 - by BioNews
A fault in a gene that plays a major role in the growth of the body's vascular system may be involved in Alzheimer's disease. This error causes cells to be unable to form a blood supply system and die, supporting a belief that Alzheimer's is a neurovascular disease. Researchers at... [Read More]
Most UK sperm banks fall below world standards
25 August 2005 - by BioNews
A new study has shown that only a small percentage of sperm banks in the UK comply with recommendations on sperm testing set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) six years ago. WHO laid down rigorous recommendations for sperm morphology assessment, the results of which can be used to predict... [Read More]
Stress does not affect IVF outcome
25 August 2005 - by BioNews
A study by researchers at University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, have found that stress and anxiety do not affect the chances of a woman getting pregnant while receiving fertility treatment. Out of 166 women who answered the initial questionnaire, 139 women had embryos available for transfer during the study. Fifty-eight... [Read More]
New Zealand launches register of donors and offspring
30 August 2005 - by BioNews
A new register for gamete donors and donor offspring has been launched in New Zealand. The register will enable people conceived through the use of donor sperm, eggs or embryos to have the chance to find out about their genetic origins. The Human Assisted Reproductive Technology (HART) register was set... [Read More]

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