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  1. Egg May Lure Sperm By "Smell"

    March 27, 2003 -- When everything's right, sperm cells may be able to "smell" an egg, causing them to make a beeline for the target. It's a new discovery, one that could lead to advances in contraception and fertility treatments. A new study, appearing in the latest issue of the journal Science, exp

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  2. In Vitro Linked to Rare Bladder Defects

    March 19, 2003 - More than 1 million babies worldwide have been born through in vitro fertilization, and the overwhelming majority are perfectly healthy. But recent studies suggest the popular 25-year-old technology may increase the risk of various rare birth defects and medical problems. The latest

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  3. Are Periods Obsolete?

    March 12, 2003 -- Whether you call it Aunt Flo, the crimson curse, code red, or your monthly visitor, menstrual periods leave many of us feeling bloated and blue. And frankly, surveys suggest, we'd rather not be bothered with them. The fact is, menstruation, as we know it, could be obsolete. At the

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  4. Estrogen Affects Fertility Window

    Feb. 10, 2003 -- The difference between a healthy pregnancy and an unsuccessful in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempt may be less than few nanograms of estrogen. New research shows even the tiniest variations in a woman's estrogen levels may help explain why up to 70% of healthy embryos fail to impla

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  5. IVF May Be Linked to Rare Eye Tumor

    Jan. 23, 2003 -- Children who are conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be at increased risk for a rare cancer of the eye, new research from the Netherlands suggests. But the authors and others urge caution in interpreting the findings from the small study. Researchers identified five c

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  6. Why Have Sex? Why Not?

    Jan. 23, 2003 -- Why bother with sex? It's an oft-asked question in biological circles, since many species thrive just fine reproducing without having sex. Turns out, solo reproduction does indeed offer an evolutionary advantage -- at least in some populations, writes lead researcher Clifford Zeyl,

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  7. New Clue to Common Infertility Cause

    Jan. 16, 2003 -- A new discovery about what makes a week-old embryo attach to the uterus may one day help diagnose and treat early pregnancy loss and infertility. Failure of the embryo to implant itself on the wall of the uterus is responsible for about three-fourths of lost pregnancies, according t

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  8. IVF Linked to Rare Genetic Disorder

    Jan. 15, 2003 -- Babies conceived though in vitro fertilization (IVF) have an increased risk for rare genetic disorders, new research shows. Although the findings are preliminary, researchers say two recent studies indicate that the process of assisted reproduction can cause the genetic disorder kno

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  9. Experts Doubt Live, Normal Clone Possible

    Nov. 27, 2002 -- Human cloning doesn't stray far from the news. Fertility specialists and medical ethicists say the latest headlines only represent "public posturing" by Italian doctor Severino Antinori. Yesterday, Antinori -- a fertility specialist in Rome -- announced that he had cloned a healthy

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  10. New Year May Welcome a Cloned Baby

    Nov. 26, 2002 -- We may soon be able to drop the fiction aspect from the science fiction surrounding human cloning. A fertility specialist in Rome announced today he has cloned a healthy human embryo that will be born in January, according to published reports. The controversial doctor, Severino Ant

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