Older Ovaries, Not Older Eggs, May Reduce Fertility With Aging

Women who are over 40 have a notoriously hard time getting pregnant by in-vitro fertilization (IVF), and it’s long been assumed that their problem stems from “old eggs”. But a preprint now available online at the Journal of Endocrinology suggests that the real problem might be the aging of the cells that surround the… »8/13/15 1:58pm8/13/15 1:58pm

What Should Parents Do With Their Spare IVF Embryos?

When in vitro fertilization was developed in the 1970s, critics of the technique imagined a world a la Aldous Huxley, filled with assembly-line designer babies. It didn’t turn out like that. Instead, the procedure simply gave infertile couples another route to start a family. But it also created a problem that critics »6/22/15 7:28pm6/22/15 7:28pm

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 12:45pm2/27/08 12:45pm