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National Infertility Day - what is it? And why?
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National Infertility Day - what is it? And why?
29 May 2006 - by Clare Lewis-Jones MBE
National Infertility Day (NID) 2006 will take place on 10 June. The venue will once again be the New Connaught Rooms in central London. So what is National Infertility Day and why do it? I know that when myself and my colleague, Sheena Young, first started talking to people back... [Read More]
Unknown US sperm donor passes genetic disorder to five children
25 May 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Doctors have discovered that a sperm donor in the US has passed on a rare genetic disease to five children born to four couples who used his sperm to conceive. The disease, severe congenital neutropenia (SCN), can be fatal in children if untreated but is so... [Read More]
Genetic trait inherited through RNA
29 May 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
A team of scientists have found evidence that RNA in the sperm of mice is able to transmit a trait that is not coded for in the animal's DNA. The team, working at the University of Nice, France, were studying a gene called Kit. This gene occurs... [Read More]
Assisted reproduction increases risk of placenta disorder
29 May 2006 - by Heidi Nicholl
Researchers at St Olav's University Hospital in Trondheim, Norway, have discovered a link between assisted reproduction and an increased risk of placenta praevia - a dangerous complication of pregnancy where the placenta covers all or part of the cervix. The condition normally affects around three in 1000 births... [Read More]
Three siblings diagnosed with rare genetic disease
29 May 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
A British couple have spoken of their heartbreak at having had three young sons diagnosed with the same rare terminal genetic condition. Scott and Nicola Smith, from Eyres Monsell, Leicester, have spoken to the press about discovering their sons' incurable brain disorder. Eight-year old Connor, six-year... [Read More]
Final human chromosome mapped
29 May 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
After 10 years of work, 150 British and American scientists have completed a genetic map of human chromosome one, the largest of the 23 bundles of genetic material in the human body. Chromosome one makes up about eight per cent of the total human genome, and... [Read More]
'Twins' born 16 years apart
29 May 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
UK newspapers have reported on the story of 'twin' girls born 16 years apart following IVF treatment. Jane and Alan Davis began IVF treatment in March 1989. Thirty-three eggs were collected, and fertilised with Mr Davis' sperm, producing a number of viable embryos. Three were implanted... [Read More]
IVF sparks debate in Kenya
30 May 2006 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The birth of the first two babies following the use of IVF in Kenya earlier this month has sparked off criticism and debate on the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in the country. On hearing the news, it was reported that Ôhundreds of childless couples... [Read More]

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