Other Reproductive Medicine Issues

Shepherd-Sally Partial Settlement Reached

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

There has been a partial settlement in the complex set of court cases and a maternity decision in April 2015, involving a child born to actor Sherri Shepherd and her estranged husband Lamar Sally through gestational surrogacy. The child was conceived and born during the parties’ marriage, using embryos created from Sally’s sperm and an anonymous egg donor, and carried by a single mother as a gestational carrier.

French Highest Court Recognizes Children Born Abroad Through Surrogacy

Legally Speaking July 21, 2015

In July, and after years of refusing legal recognition to children born abroad from surrogacy, that country’s highest court has reversed course. The French Court of Cassation’s July 3rd ruling means that children born to surrogates abroad will now be legally recognized as children of their biological French parents, entitled to French birth certificates, and thus able to both confirm the parent-child relationship for all purposes and establish French citizenship. Surrogacy within France remains illegal and the decision does not apply to an intended parent who does not have a biological connection.

NIH Seeks Comment on National Children’s Study Alternative

ASRM Bulletins July 17, 2015

The National Children’s Study (NCS) was authorized by Congress in 2000 to study environmental influences on child health and development. However, in 2014 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was asked to review the NCS and issued a report which outlined concerns regarding the study's design, management, oversight structure, and anticipated cost. As a result, the launch of the Main Study for the NCS was put on hold, and an advisory committee to the Director of NIH was tasked with reviewing the feasibility of continuing the NCS. In late 2014, the advisory committee recommended that, while the overall goals of the NCS should remain a priority for future scientific support, the NCS was not feasible as currently outlined. It was soon announced that the NIH would discontinue the NCS.

Gene Editing Boosts the Efficiency of Sperm Replacement Cells

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 17, 2015

Using gene editing technology, researchers have overcome imprinting errors to improve the birth rate from fertilization with sperm replacement cells ten times.

Stem Cells Could Treat Mitochondrial Disease

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 17, 2015

Researchers generated human stem cells in the lab, repaired common mitochondrial defects, and reported they were able to rescue cell function.

Oldest fossilised animal sperm discovered in Antarctica

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 16, 2015

The oldest known animal sperm fossil has been discovered in a 50-million-year-old cocoon from Antarctica.

Sydney Wife Wins Right to Collect Dying Husband's Sperm but Ordered Not to Use It

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 15, 2015

Da Yong​ Chen, a 45-year-old father of one, experienced severe chest pain on the morning of July 6. Doctors at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital found that a major blood vessel had ruptured and ordered he undergo emergency surgery. His condition was considered acute and life-threatening. Just before he was put under a general anaesthetic, he told his wife Ping Yuan he "wanted to have one more child with her".

ASRM Receives $100,000 Gift from Manhattan Cryobank

Press Releases April 23, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that Manhattan Cryobank had pledged a gift of $100,000 to endow the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) traveling scholar program. The gift will permanently endow funds to bring a young urologist or male reproductive specialist to the ASRM Annual Meeting each year.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal After Years of Short Term Fixes

ASRM Bulletins April 15, 2015

The problematic SGR formula that has threatened payment reductions for doctors for many years is at long last set to be repealed. Late last night, the Senate voted to pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.  The Senate bill is identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives in late March. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.  The Senate vote occurred just hours before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

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