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Scientists say making babies without eggs may be a possibile

October 4th, 2016 at 6:13 am » Comments Off

Scientists say early experiments suggest it may one day be possible to make babies without using eggs. They have succeeded in creating healthy baby mice by tricking sperm into believing they were fertilising normal eggs. The findings in Nature Communications, could, in the distant future, mean women can be removed from the baby-making process, say […]

Three-parent baby technique produces world’s first baby

September 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am » Comments Off

  The world’s first three-parent baby has been born. Scientists revealed the birth of a baby boy, now five months old, usingDNA from three parents. Fertility experts hailed the breakthrough as “great news and a huge deal” for the future of reproduction. But they expressed concern that it was only achieved because US scientists crossed the […]

J&J project aims to predict and prevent diseases

March 25th, 2016 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

Johnson & Johnson is ramping up its latest project to learn how to predict who will develop particular diseases and also find therapies to prevent or stop the disease early on. Early prevention is the key.

Egg freezing growing in popularity, but the choice leaves no guarantees

December 6th, 2014 at 8:46 am » Comments Off

Among urban women in their 30s, freezing is trending. Tiffany Angelo gave herself a few months to grieve after the abrupt end of her marriage. Then she moved on. Not to the next romance, but to something she could plan for: the children she deeply desired and would still have. With or without her ex. […]

Older moms more likely to live longer

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am » Comments Off

There is a genetic link between giving birth at an older age and longevity. Being able to have children naturally later in life may be a sign that women will live an unusually long time, according to new research. The link between the ability to give birth at older ages and longevity may be explained […]

UK government proposes regulations on making ‘three-parent embryos’

March 6th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

Technique lets children avoid inheriting certain diseases – and give them genes from another woman besides mom. Last week, the U.K. government issued proposed regulations that would allow researchers to try a new and controversial in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure in patients. The technique could allow women who are carriers of mitochondrial disease to have healthy, […]

Four women with transplanted wombs are trying to get pregnant with IVF

March 5th, 2014 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Doctors successfully transplanted wombs into nine women. Four women who underwent womb transplants have received embryos in an attempt to get pregnant, according to Swedish doctors. The women are the recipients of wombs from their mothers or other relatives, as part of an experiment to see whether a womb transplant can yield a successful pregnancy. The embryos are the […]

Record number of test tube babies born in the U.S.

February 19th, 2014 at 3:12 pm » Comments Off

The growing percentage reflects, in part, the increasing average age at which women give birth for the first time. In 2012, more test-tube babies were born in the United States than ever before, and they constituted a higher percentage of total births than at any time since the technology was introduced in the 1980s, according […]

Altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could begin in 2014

February 12th, 2014 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

In vitro fertilization (IVF)—involving DNA from three parents—could become legal in the UK by July. The prospect of altering DNA to produce a genetically-modified human could move from science fiction to science reality by the middle of 2014.  The UK parliament is likely to vote on whether a new form of in vitro fertilization (IVF)—involving DNA from three […]

How a breast milk antibody plays an important role in infant gut development

February 6th, 2014 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Breastfeeding is an important strategy to ensure a healthy balance of good bacteria in an infant’s gut.  Babies have legions of microbes that set up shop in their guts, skin, and more right from birth. These microbes are vital. They help the growing human to digest its food, and to keep harmful microbes away. They […]

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