In the news:
IVF babies more likely to be boys
June 25th, 2006
"WOMEN undertaking IVF treatment are more likely to give birth to a boy. A study by IVF Australia embryologist Jean Scott found that embryos conceived using the IVF technique and grown for a longer period of time had a higher chance of being male."
The Sydney Morning Herald reports about a paper presented to the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Prague last week. The findings indicate that doctors choose to use those embryos which are dividing fastest and that these embryos tend to be male. There is a 56% percent chance of a male baby if an embryo is conceived using IVF and grown to blastocyst (8 cell - 5 day) stage.
June 19th, 2006
Bionews reports from the the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) annual conference about a Belgian study that shows that children born from intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) are still developing well 8 years after birth (ICSI was introduced in 1991). This study looks at physical development.
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