Making Designer Babies Was Supposed to Be Just Like Shopping for Seeds

Fears over "designer babies" were common long before we understood the science of genetics well enough to actually produce them. For many, the idea of predetermining a child's eye color or trying to influence their intelligence or athletic prowess through genetics is the very definition of dystopia. It probably… » 11/21/13 4:10pm 11/21/13 4:10pm

One Egg Created From Two Mothers Could Prevent Genetic Disorders

Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center have discovered a crazy sci-fi way to possibly prevent genetically-inherited diseases. This sounds pretty unbelievable, but they actually combine the eggs from two different mothers to create one single stronger egg. It already works for mama monkeys; and it… » 10/25/12 3:20pm 10/25/12 3:20pm

DuoFertility Patch Measures Ovulation Timing, No Pee Samples Needed

Finding out when you're ovulating (assuming, you're among the Giz readership with ovaries, and trying to have a baby) may be a lot easier thanks to this upcoming DuoFertility device. Designed by Cambridge Temperature Concepts, a spin-off by Cambridge University PhD students, it consists of a small stick-on patch… » 6/09/08 7:44am 6/09/08 7:44am

Test-Tube Babies Start Inside Mom, Thanks to Anecova Silicon Womb

Human trials are about to begin on a new device that goes inside a woman's body for up to four days, holding fresh IVF embryos in place like an artificial fallopian tube. Developed by Swiss company Anecova, the 5mm-long "silicon womb" is pierced with hundreds of 40-micron holes, the better to expose the embryos to the… » 2/27/08 12:45pm 2/27/08 12:45pm

Samsung Files Patent for Safe (ie Non-Baby) Sex Cell Phone

A cell phone that lets lay-deez know if they're running a higher-than-normal chance of getting pregnant is the latest idea from Samsung. The Korean electronics giant has filed a patent with the US Patent & Trademark Office for a "portable device for user's basal body temperature (BBT) and method for operating the… » 8/16/07 12:30pm 8/16/07 12:30pm

Mitsubishi D702iF Cellphone Tracks Fertility Cycle

This is the Mitsubishi D702iF cellphone for NTT DoCoMo. It is a pretty average clamshell phone, but it does include one unique feature. A menstrual cycle monitor. The phone will keep track of lady's biological rhythm (or menstrual cycle) to help her get pregnant by informing of the optimal conception time. Screw the… » 10/06/06 1:00pm 10/06/06 1:00pm