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A Critical Inheritance From Dad Ensures Healthy Embryos

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

An important feature for life is what embryos receive from mom and dad upon fertilization. Oddly enough, centrioles, the structures responsible for cell division and flagella movement, are given by the paternal gamete. How oocytes, the maternal gametes, lose centrioles and the importance of doing so for female fertility has been an enigma since the 1930s. A team led by Mónica Bettencourt-Dias at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC; Portugal) have cracked this mystery, shedding light upon a critical mechanism whose deregulation leads to infertility, and that is important for the working of other cell types.

Genome Editor CRISPR Helps Trace Growth of Embryos—and Maybe Cancer Next

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine May 27, 2016

Alexander Schier simply wanted to make sure he destroyed a gene in zebrafish embryos. So like many biologists these days, he turned to the genome-editing system known as CRISPR. But Schier, a developmental biologist at Harvard University, ended up doing much more than knocking out a gene. He and colleagues devised a new way to mark and trace cells in a developing animal. In its first test, described online today in Science, the researchers used CRISPR-induced mutations to reveal a surprise: Many tissues and organs in adult zebrafish form from just a few embryonic cells.

ASRM Announces Appointment of New Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Sue Gitlin to Join ASRM Staff in the Fall.

ASRM Bulletins May 24, 2016

Washington DC – The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced the hiring of Sue Gitlin, PhD as its new Chief Scientific Officer. Dr. Gitlin will join the ASRM staff in September for a transition period and fully assume her duties in 2017.

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

Press Releases May 19, 2016

“We are thrilled the Senate voted overwhelmingly today (89-8) to take care of our wounded veterans and provide them access to the care they need to build their families.”

ASRM Praises Senate for Acting to Lift Ban on VA Providing IVF Care to Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins May 19, 2016

Today the U.S. Senate voted 89-8 to pass HR 2577, an appropriations measure funding Transportation-Housing and Urban Development and related agencies. The bill was combined with a measure to also fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, which included a provision giving the Department of VA the funds to begin providing IVF services to wounded veterans in need of assisted reproduction.

RESOLVE’s Annual Advocacy Day is May 11, 2016

ASRM Bulletins April 20, 2016

Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Owen Davis for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.  RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community. This year, RESOLVE hopes to bring more than 200 advocates from all over the country to speak with Members of Congress about infertility issues.

ASRM Applauds Senate Appropriators for Passing Amendment Providing IVF Care For Wounded Veterans

Press Releases April 14, 2016

Today, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine enthusiastically applauds Senate Appropriators for passing an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services for veterans who suffered service-related injuries that prevent them from starting families.  

Key Senate Committee Approves Amendment to Provide Access to IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2016

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who need infertility treatment due to injuries incurred in their service to our country.  Active duty service members injured in this manner have access to IVF care, whereas a longstanding ban on IVF coverage at the VA prevents access for similarly wounded veterans.

New Data for 2014 Show Increases in IVF Effectiveness and Safety

Press Releases April 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology released its latest data on IVF and related procedures. In 2014, 375 SART member clinics performed 190,384 ART cycles and 65,175 babies were delivered using ART from SART clinics. These numbers may be adjusted as results come in from ongoing pregnancies. This is an increase from the 174,962 cycles done in 2013 and the births of 63,286 babies resulting from them.

New Data for 2014 Show Increases in IVF Effectiveness and Safety

ASRM Bulletins April 12, 2016

Washington, DC - Today, The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology released its latest data on IVF and related procedures. In 2014, 375 SART member clinics performed 190,384 ART cycles and 65,175 babies were delivered using ART from SART clinics. These numbers may be adjusted as results come in from ongoing pregnancies. This is an increase from the 174,962 cycles done in 2013 and the births of 63,286 babies resulting from them.

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