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Telomere Length Measures Embryo Health

Genetic technologies invade every aspect of medicine. Here we find another example of a technology that could significantly assist us in identifying the embryo that will make a baby. The authors suggest measuring telomere length may be a measure of embryo health. If so, then this test may be a very valuable tool to access […]

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Endometriosis Increases Risk of Preterm Birth with or without IVF

Research from the 2010 Annual European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). My comment is that this information adds to the data suggesting that often the condition causing infertility is what leads to poor outcomes rather than the treatment itself. So often infertility treatments take the fall for causing pregnancy complications when it may […]

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Canada Seeks Legislation to Slash Multiple Birth Rate

This report comes from an invitation only meeting conducted in November 2009 and hosted by the federal agency, the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Canada. The agency has never reported on it publicly before. The debate highlights the dilemma faced by patients who desire a pregnancy […]

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RBM Online – AMH allows individualization of stimulation protocols in egg donors

The authors suggest that AMH testing is useful for individualization of stimulation protocols in oocyte donors to maximize egg yields and to prevent OHSS. This conclusion makes great sense to me. Our goal in all IVF cycles (infertile and egg donors alike) is to maximize the number of quality eggs retrieved without causing complications such […]

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RBM Online – Real-time PCR method for rapid sexing of human preimplantation embryos

In this blinded prospective study, the authors showed that rapid and reliable real-time PCR-based gender identification of preimplantation human embryos using a single blastomere can be performed within about 4 h after biopsy. We often want more information than this study determined but there are situations where this technique would be useful. The most obvious […]

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