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Jumping genes threaten egg cell quality

A woman’s supply of eggs is finite, so it is crucial that the quality of their genetic material is ensured. New work from the Carnegie Institute for Science elucidates a mechanism by which, even before birth, the body tries to … Continue reading

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Researchers discover genes involved in infertility

Most cells in the tissues of most organisms proliferate through somatic cell division (mitosis). This is a continuous cycle where a single cell doubles its genetic information (chromosomes) and divides equally to create two copies of the original cell. In … Continue reading

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New gene for male infertility discovered

At least one in five cases of infertility remains unexplained. Male factors contribute to about half of these cases and, much of the time, men lack a specific causal diagnosis for their infertility. Researchers estimate that genetics could explain up … Continue reading

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Scientists create ‘digital roadmap’ to unlock male infertility

Millions of couples who have trouble conceiving may get relief from new research led by scientists at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The researchers have developed a high-resolution genetic map showing how men produce sperm cells. Their effort … Continue reading

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Scientists modify genes of embryos

A team of researchers in Portland, Oregon has carried out the first known attempt at genetically modifying human embryos in the United States. According to an article in the MIT Technology Review, researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University successfully … Continue reading

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Preventing inherited diseases

For women and men who carry rare, inherited genetic disease, the decision to have children comes with a heavy burden: will they pass that disease on to their offspring? But research out of the Reproductive Genetics Institute in Chicago offers … Continue reading

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