From Assisted Hatching to Embryo Glue, Most IVF ‘Add-ons’ Rest on Shaky Science, Studies Find
By Sharon Begley,
| 11. 05. 2019
By the time Sarah Chamberlin’s fertility doctor declared her genes “incompatible” with her husband’s and said the clash might be preventing her from having children, she’d had five rounds of artificial insemination and two cycles of in vitro fertilization — and precisely zero pregnancies. So when the physician suggested she try a drug that is ordinarily prescribed to cancer patients, to get her immune system to stop attacking her embryos, she didn’t hesitate.
“I was 41 by then,” said Chamberlain, 47, who lives on New York’s Long Island and at the time was a consultant at her husband’s restaurant. “When they say they have one more thing you can try, it gives you hope.”
She had already spent tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to conceive — her insurance didn’t cover assisted reproduction — and had grown inured to the fertility-related shots that turned her into a human pin cushion. With all she had been through, it seemed foolish to hesitate over six additional daily injections and another $3,000 for the drug, called Neupogen; the idea that she... see more
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In late April, the National Academies held a three-day workshop on In Vitro Derived Human Gametes as a Reproductive Technology
. Experts from a broad range of fields commented on the fast-developing science, its potential applications in assisted reproduction, and its social implications. Despite a focus on the significant technical challenges that remain in developing these techniques and the notable inclusion of several critical voices, the overall...
By Ian Sample, The Guardian | 05.09.2023
The first UK baby created with DNA from three people has been born after doctors performed a groundbreaking IVF procedure that aims to prevent children from inheriting incurable diseases.
The technique, known as mitochondrial donation treatment (MDT), uses tissue from...
By Carolyn Y. Johnson, The Washington Post | 04.28.2023
DACULA, Ga. — For as long as he can remember, Jimi Olaghere felt he was destined to be a father. “It’s so true in my soul,” he told his wife, Amanda, when they struggled to get pregnant. But when they...
By Kristine Thomason, Women's Health | 04.27.2023
At 22, Arianna W. was certain she wanted to freeze her eggs—one day.
It was 2016, and she was interning at Boston IVF Fertility Clinic, witnessing firsthand the spectrum of ways people were creating families. As a queer woman with...