Fertility News from ScienceDaily.com

  1. Some level of molecules linked to oxidative stress may be essential to health and development, according to new animal studies.
  2. The question of whether alcohol intake affects male reproductive function is controversial. In a new study, moderate alcohol intake was linked with higher semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count.
  3. Australian led global guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of the primary cause of infertility in women will be published simultaneously in three international journals, supported by a suite of health professional and patient resources to improve health outcomes for women with PCOS.
  4. Scientists have discovered that some treatments for cancer and sickle cell disease can destroy the germ cells that go on to develop into sperm in the testes of young boys. In some pre-pubescent boys, the treatment for sickle cell disease results in complete destruction of all their germ cells, which are called spermatogonia.
  5. This week, Louise Brown, the first person born after conception by in vitro fertilization (IVF), celebrates her 40th birthday. Thanks to assisted reproductive technologies like IVF and intracytoplasmic sperm injection and to new techniques developed in laboratory animals, researchers are able to uncover new details about the processes of fertilization and reproduction in mammals. This research is providing insight into inheritance and the genetic and epigenetic contributions to offspring from both mother and father.
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