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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Sperm Quality Lower in Farming Areas

    -->Nov. 12, 2002 -- The quality of sperm differs dramatically around the country -- likely because of herbicides and fertilizers used in farming. Strong evidence -- the first of its kind -- shows that men living in rural areas have significantly lower-quality sperm than men living in urban areas. Th

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  7. A Hands-On Approach for Infertility

    Oct. 23, 2002 -- Stacy Virtue had all but given up the idea of having a baby when she sought help for constant pain from endometriosis a year and a half ago. She had been told she would never be able to get pregnant, and one doctor even recommended that the 27-year-old have a hysterectomy. "When I s

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  8. Old Sperm Die Hard

    Oct. 17, 2002 -- The biological clock may not tick as loudly for men as women, but a new study shows that the hand of time is also unkind to men when it comes to the quality of their sperm. For the first time, researchers have found that older men's immune systems do not get rid of defective sperm a

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  9. Fertility Treatment Kids Are Normal

    Oct. 16, 2002 -- As more couples turn to infertility technology, some doctors and parents have become concerned that these procedures may cause problems in the resulting children. But two new studies add to the growing evidence that those fears are unfounded. Fertilization is based on survival of th

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  10. IVF or Insemination in Early 40s?

    Aug. 9, 2002 -- A low-tech infertility treatment that costs thousands less than in vitro fertilization appears to be a reasonable treatment option for women in their early 40s who want to have a baby. Women struggling with infertility in their 40s are often told that in vitro fertilization offers th

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