News and Research

Update No. 13 – Variants, Vaccines, and Vaccination

Even though the decreasing trend in infection rates is encouraging, and 52 million in the U.S. have been vaccinated, CDC guidelines should be strictly followed, and COVID-19 prevention should remain a top priority to reduce the likelihood of the emergence of additional, new SARS-CoV-2 variants. While COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing illness and hospitalization, their effectiveness for prevention of transmission remains unclear. Care centers should continue to maintain usage of masks and double masking, hand washing, avoidance of crowds, and social distancing.

Legislative Updates and Fertility Fraud Update

New York’s long-awaited Child Parent Security Act (CPSA), which allows compensated surrogacy, went into effect February 15, 2021. CPSA law addresses and regulates gestational surrogacy only, not traditional/genetic surrogacy, and expressly allows compensation for gestational surrogates along with multiple required protections.

ASRM Today: Book Review of Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children with author Dr. Robert L. Klitzman

This special episode of ASRM Today is a preview of a new series, the ASRM Today Book Review, a podcast that interviews the authors who dive deeper into the field of reproductive medicine. Today's episode features a discussion with Dr. Robert Klitzman about his book, Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children.

ASRM Remembers Charles B. Hammond, MD

It is with sincere sadness that ASRM has learned of the passing of Dr. Charles Hammond on February 1, 2021. A Past President of ASRM (1985) and giant in the field of reproductive medicine, Dr. Hammond leaves a legacy.
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