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This Web page contains links to miscellaneous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site. You can visit the FDA's web site at http://www.fda.gov/ 

How Babies are Really Made: Researchers Find Sperm Use a Tiny 'Harpoon' to Attach Themselves to Eggs

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2015

Researchers have made a groundbreaking discovery that explains how eggs are fertilised. A 14 year study concluded that sperm harpoon the egg to facilitate fertilization.Researchers found a protein within the head of the sperm forms spiky filaments, suggesting that these tiny filaments may lash together the sperm and its target.

FDA Vulnerability Revealed

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 27, 2015

Loud applause erupted when an advisory panel recommended in early June that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approve the first medication to treat low libido in women. Many more must have cheered when the FDA followed the committee’s advice and approved the prescription drug, which will go by the name Addyi, on 18 August.

Why Frozen Sperm Can’t Save Earth’s Imperiled Species—Yet

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 26, 2015

Zoo Animals are giving humans a run for their money in the assisted reproduction department. Mei Xiang, a giant panda at the National Zoo, gave birth to twin babies this past Saturday, thanks to artificial insemination. And earlier this month, scientists announced the birth of a bouncing baby black-footed ferret, conceived with cryogenically preserved sperm from a father who had died twenty years ago.

Why Your Doctor Won't Friend You On Facebook

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 25, 2015

Physicians generally draw a line: Public professional pages – focused on medicine, similar to those other businesses offer – are catching on. Some might email with patients. But doctors aren't ready to share vacation photos and other more intimate details with patients, or even to advise them on medication or treatment options via private chats. They're hesitant to blur the lines between personal lives and professional work and nervous about the privacy issues that could arise in discussing specific medical concerns on most Internet platforms.

Experts Call for Greater Scrutiny of Egg Donation Practices

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine August 17, 2015

A new report calls for professional societies to develop guidelines specifically addressing conflicts of interest in oocyte donation and to adopt tougher reporting and advertising standards

ASRM Mourns the Passing of Dr. Howard Jones

Press Releases July 31, 2015

All of us within ASRM, and indeed all of us in reproductive medicine around the world, are saddened by the death of Howard Jones.

ASRM Mourns the Passing of Dr. Howard Jones

ASRM Bulletins July 31, 2015

All of us within ASRM, and indeed all of us in reproductive medicine around the world, are saddened by the death of Howard Jones.

SCOTUS: Same_Sex Marriage Now Legal in All 50 States

Legally Speaking July 22, 2015

On June 26th, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States(SCOTUS) issued its long-awaited decision on same-sex marriage, ruling that the right to marry is a fundamental Constitutional right recognized under the 14th Amendment that cannot be denied to same-sex couples.  As a result of the Court’s 5-4 decision, every state must now issue marriage licenses and recognize marriages between same-sex couples.  The decision reflects a remarkably swift change of law and policy that began only in 2003, with the first such legal recognition handed down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in its ground-breaking 2003 Goodrich decision. Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, 440 Mass. 309, 798 N. E. 2d 941 (2003).

Shepherd-Sally Partial Settlement Reached

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

There has been a partial settlement in the complex set of court cases and a maternity decision in April 2015, involving a child born to actor Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband Lamar Sally through gestational surrogacy. The child was conceived and born during the parties’ marriage, using embryos created from Sally’s sperm and an anonymous egg donor, and carried by a single mother as a gestational carrier.

French Highest Court Recognizes Children Born Abroad Through Surrogacy

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

In July, and after years of refusing legal recognition to children born abroad from surrogacy, that country’s highest court has reversed course. The French Court of Cassation’s July 3rd ruling means that children born to surrogates abroad will now be legally recognized as children of their biological French parents, entitled to French birth certificates, and thus able to both confirm the parent-child relationship for all purposes and establish French citizenship. Surrogacy within France remains illegal and the decision does not apply to an intended parent who does not have a biological connection.

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