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Following the news story , which revealed last year that Chinese research scientists had treated embryos to modify the HBB gene that produces beta-thalassemia, and an article published some months ago, in which British research scientists requested authorisation to process embryos which they were granted, , now a new scientific study conducted in China sees human embryos processed to immunise them against HIV. As mentioned previously, the processing of embryos is a highly controversial issue. Taking this into … Continue reading Immunisation of Embryos against HIV in China
For more than 30 years, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has been used. It is becoming more frequent that people who are not able to have children go to a fertility clinic for achieving their dream. After the success of these treatments in the last few years, the question we ask ourselves is if a child born thanks to a fertility treatment is at risk of having more problems than a child born thanks to a spontaneous pregnancy.
Gene study of human embryos is a controversial issue.
The researcher, Kathy Niakan, from the Francis Crick Institute, asked the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a British regulator of fertility clinics and human embryo research, permission to genetically edit human embryos. But this is not the first time that gene editing has caused a lot of controversy. Chinese scientists already used the CRISPR gene-editing technique in human embryos last year. If approved, this would be the first time … Continue reading British scientists asked permission to edit human embryos
The Institute for Integrative Nanosciences at Dresden, Germany, has surprised us with the creation of spermbots. Spermbots are hybrid spermatozoids: half spermatozoid, half robot. At first, they used sperm from bull, but they think that spermatozoids from other mammals could be used too.
Spermbots were created to control spermatozoids’ direction towards the egg in fluids by means of using magnetic fields. It is achieved thanks to a magnetic spiraled piece that wraps around the tail of a sperm and … Continue reading Reality goes beyond fiction: spermbots
Last weekend different newspapers reported that French researchers claim to have created human sperm from immature testicular cells. The scientific community welcomed the news cautiously.
The research was conducted by the biotech company Kallistem, with headquarters in Lyon. Last year the laboratory announced that it was close to reaching the scientific breakthrough, which has now been confirmed.
Tissue was obtained from “testicular biopsies of patients with only immature germ cells,” according to … Continue reading Sperm à la carte
A recent news story has caught our attention.
An article in El Mundo reveals data published from a recent Chinese study on DNA in human embryos that has been modified.
Both this report and the source of the report -the US branch of the Agencia EFE– show that the publication of this data has provoked heated controversy, opening up debate on the ethical implications of the procedure.
The goal of this study was to see if the HBB gene involved … Continue reading DNA modified in human embryos
A recent study confirms increased pregnancy rates in assisted reproduction treatments that have used the EmbryoScope incubator.
A study was published in the renowned scientific journal ‘Fertility and Sterility’ on 2 October confirming that the use of the clinically certified and latest generation technology, the EmbryoScope, substantially increased success rates in assisted reproduction treatments.
This study has been able to pinpoint significant increases in pregnancy and implantation rates following the use of this technology, … Continue reading Increase in pregnancy rates confirmed through use of the EmbryoScope
Becoming a mother is a dream increasingly within people’s reach Yesterday the media reported that a 36-year-old Swedish woman had given birth to a healthy baby after undergoing a womb transplant in 2013.
In 1999 the University of Gothenburg launched an incredible project that has gradually paid off. The aim of this study was to make motherhood possible for women who didn’t have a womb, either due to congenital defects or illness.
In keeping with our commitment to make the fertility treatment process as easy as possible for our patients, ProcreaTec is organizing another meeting for interested persons in London, Dr. Alexandra Izquierdo – an English-speaking doctor – will be in London the weekend of July 12th and 13th to meet with persons interested in our clinic. Anali, our English-speaking International Coordinator will be there too. The consultations are free of charge and there is no obligation to follow through with treatment … Continue reading First Consultations in London
Following a recent U.S. study, published at the Congress of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, it was revealed that a hormone treatment called Goserelin (GnRH agonist) would preserve women’s fertility affected by breast cancer with negative hormonal receptors.
The survey results are optimistic, representing an advance in improving the quality of life of women suffering from breast cancer. In effect, the use of this drug is shown to be highly effective against the risk of ovarian failure following chemotherapy … Continue reading Breast Cancer: Fertility under Study
Forty eight doctors from in and around Madrid participated in the course. The event was organized by Dr. Alexandra Izquierdo, Medical Director or the International Department at ProcreaTec and it was sponsored by Angelini SA Pharmaceutical Company. The course was made up of 4 different blocks: Gynecological Pathology and Assisted Reproduction, Laboratory and New Techniques, Implantation Failure and Egg Donation. The talks were given by 5 doctors, 3 biologists and a nurse from ProcreaTec. In the weeks to come, each … Continue reading ProcreaTec’s First Human Reproduction Course for OB GYN Residents
The goal of this group’s four-day trip to Spain was to visit various medical facilities of different practices in Barcelona and in Madrid while also experiencing Spanish culture and gastronomy. ProcreaTec took this opportunity to give these an overview of the field of fertility, the constant innovation and education required to be a part of it, and the impact it has on people’s lives. Our whole team was extremely excited about this visit, and numerous specialists volunteered to speak to … Continue reading 20 Medical and Bio-Medical students from Leiden University visit ProcreaTec