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Feature: Brave New Embryology
New technologies are being developed to improve fertility, but the effects on the embryo are uncertain.
Browse: IVF Mice Prone to Diabetes
Mice conceived through IVF are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those conceived naturally, adding to evidence that the same may be true for humans.
Browse: What Women Want in a Sperm Donor Browse: IVF Steroid Treatment May Do More Harm than Good
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Feature: What Speed Sperm Should a Sea Squirt Squirt?
Sea squirt sperm is revealing how a male’s environment affects his sperm’s quality, with implications for the health of offspring that could also improve the success of human IVF procedures.
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Cover Story: Should Australia Allow Mitochondrial Donation?
Is there any ethical reason why legislation should prevent the use of donor mitochondria in cases where children are likely to inherit mitochondrial disease from their mothers?
Browse: IVF Children Grow into Healthy Adults
Young adults conceived through assisted reproductive technologies have grown up as healthy individuals.
Browse: Briefs
Cannabis risk in pregnancy, IVF risks for multiple embryos, early birth better for twins and more.
Expert Opinion: IVF Increases the Risk of Mental Retardation
A Swedish study has found that IVF was associated with a small risk of mental retardation.
Expert Opinion: Designer Baby Patent Makes Scientists Uneasy
A private company, 23andMe, has patented a method of creating “designer” babies by allowing the selection of sperm and eggs that are most likely to produce traits chosen by the parents, such as eye colour or athleticism, and also allows screening out of sperm and eggs likely to lead to genetic disease.
Quandary: Scan My Embryo’s Barcode
IVF “mix-ups” could be avoided by barcoding embryos, but at what point is a new life reduced to a manufactured product?
Quandary: The Science of Persuasion
How did scientists win the public relations war to persuade British Parliament to approve the creation of three-parent babies?
Quandary: Will IVF Keep Us Young?
Talk of IVF as a solution for declining birth rates is a sign that governments are clutching at straws.
Quandary: How IVF Is Changing Human History
Since IVF bypasses infertility it must also be having an effect on human evolution.
Quandary: Ethics for an Edited Embryo
Editing of a gene in a human embryo may have ticked some regulatory boxes but this does not address some huge ethical issues.
Up Close: Pregnancy 2.0: The lingering effects of modern reproductive technologies
Reproductive biologist Dr Mark Green discusses early embryo development and how a range of environmental factors such as IVF, nutrition and chemicals can have lasting effects on health of the organism.
Up Close: The baby makers: The science behind healthier embryos and better IVF
Reproductive biologist Professor David Gardner explains what we're still learning about healthy embryo development, how it's being applied to improve IVF technologies, and the unexpected insights it may offer into how cells implant themselves and proliferate, including how cancers take hold.