Should parents be allowed to select the sex of their child through IVF when there’s no compelling medical reason to do so?
The National Health and Medical Research Council call for public submissions on whether sex selection should be allowed without a medical reason recognises changing social attitudes.
Thanks to IVF and donor conception, infertile couples, single women and lesbian couples now have a better chance at starting families. But how does it all work? Ask the experts here.
Sometimes the audience can be a font of illuminating questions.
I sometimes forget that people can feel embarrassed listening to me talk about my research on sperm. But often those same people can also be a source of amazement and inspiration.
If proposed Victorian laws are enacted, they will be a world-first for donor-conception.
Historically, donors were told it was best they were anonymous, while recipients were told it was best not to tell their child.
Humanity on ice.
Freezing young men's sperm might remove worries about them fathering children in later life, but do we really want the state routinely meddling in conception?
‘I did it, darling!’
Fertility, as with contraception, is seen as a woman's issue, but the science shows this needs to change.
“Mummy says you should have gotten a move on.”
Calls to freeze every 18-year-old's sperm might be drastic but men need to realise it's a myth that there's no limit to their fertility.
Gird your loins.
Recent research into the health effects of the plastic-making chemicals phthalates has reignited concerns about low sperm counts. But the evidence is far from conclusive.
When cells divide, sometimes chromosomes don’t wind up where they need to go.
Embryo via www.shutterstock.com.
Aneuploidy – when a cell has an irregular number of chromosomes – is a major cause of pregnancy loss. Scientists may have uncovered a gene that increases the risk of aneuploidy.
Russian model Irina Shayk is sure to turn heads off the pitch … but will boyfriend and Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo be able to keep his mind on the game?
While watching their national teams play in the World Cup, spectators may have their attention drawn away from the “beautiful game” on the pitch to the beautiful people off the pitch – the footballers…
A species of ant has evolved sperm that bundle together to increase their swimming speed. Researchers from Université Libre…
Men who are infertile because of semen abnormalities may have an increased risk of premature death, according to new research…
Preserved sperm in a shrimp more than 16 million years old has been discovered in Queensland. The finding marks a breakthrough…
Obese fathers increase the risks, through their sperm, of their children and grandchildren inheriting their health conditions…
Sperm quality is determined from factors as early as the foetus stage of life, according to an international study. The study…
A father’s health prior to conception is just as important as the mother’s and has a serious impact on their child’s health.
As a society, we put a significant emphasis on women’s health both immediately prior to and during pregnancy – and rightly so. A woman needs to prepare her body for the arduous nine months of gestation…
Those who know the identity of their donor from a young age are less likely to experience psychological problems.
University of Tasmania academic Meredith Nash recently argued on The Conversation that women who donate their eggs for fertility treatments should be financially compensated. It’s a risky and time-consuming…
If an athlete believes sex will harm their performance, there’s a good chance it will.
From the ancient Greeks to modern soccer World Cups and the Olympics, there has been an enduring belief by some athletes and coaches that engaging in sexual activity before athletic competitions may be…
Exposure to warmer water can greatly increase the reproductive powers of the common pest fish gambusia, a new study shows…
Chemical cues may act as matchmakers for sperm and ova.
On the face of it, a sperm’s work seems pretty straightforward: locate an egg and fertilise it. Job done. But in the world of a sessile broadcast-spawning marine invertebrate – immobile organisms in which…