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The new storage limits may give people more flexibility when it comes to their fertility treatment. Ekaterina Georgievskaia/ Shutterstock

Eggs and sperm can now be stored for up to 55 years – here’s what that means for donors and people seeking fertility treatment

Previously, eggs and sperm (gametes) and embryos were typically only stored for a maximum of ten years.
Assisted reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization can help expand families, but regulations aren’t consistent across states. moodboard/Image Source via Getty Images

Fertility treatment use is on the rise – new legislation could increase protections for donors and families in an industry shrouded in secrecy

A pending bill in Colorado would disclose donor information to children and their parents and set limits on how many families can use a single individual’s egg or sperm.
Courtesy of Louise Hyslop & Mary Herbert, Univ. Newcastle upon Tyne

‘Maeve’s law’ would let IVF parents access technology to prevent mitochondrial disease. Here’s what the Senate is debating

Parents at risk of passing on genetic disease to their children via mutations in the mother’s mitochondrial DNA could soon use a new IVF-based treatment involving healthy donor mitochondria.
Louise Brown, who was the world’s first baby to be born from in vitro fertilization (IVF) in 1978, poses with equipment used in early IVF treatments. Daniel Leal-Olivas/ Getty

The fertility industry is poorly regulated – and would-be parents can lose out on having children as a result

An unknown number of people have lost their dreams of parenthood because of storage disasters at fertility clinics. These experts note poor government oversight and the need for stronger regulation.
A human blastocyst. Researchers have now created ‘model’ versions of this early embryonic structure by reprogramming human skin cells. Harimiao/Wikimedia Commons

Researchers have grown ‘human embryos’ from skin cells. What does that mean, and is it ethical?

Two research groups have turned human skin cells into structures resembling an early-stage human embryo, paving the way for exciting new research avenues, and opening up some tricky ethical questions.

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