Fertility Updates Blog

The Latest on Fertility Research & Treatment

PGS finally on the front page

The media have finally caught on to the preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGS) ruse that has been going on for much too long. In an excellent piece Gautam Naik in the Wall Street Journal  on July 1, 2009 well demonstrated that the emperor, indeed, does not wear any clothes. PGS does not, as widely propagated by many so-called “experts” in the field, improve pregnancy rates with in vitro... Read More

Serono Symposium Faculty Dinner

Left to right: Ernesto Bosch, MD, Instituto Valencians de Infertilidad, Valencia, Spain; Frank Broekmans, MD, University Medical centre, Utrecht, Netherlands; Colin Hawles, MD, Merck Serone SA, Geneva, Switzerland; Richard Fleming, MD, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK; Norbert Gleicher, MD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA; Georg Griesinger, MD, University of Luebeck,... Read More

International Egg Trade

Israeli newspapers report the detention by Romanian authorities for up to 29 days of two Israeli physicians, Harry Miron and his son, Yair Miron, under the suspicion of trading illegally in human eggs. Both are the owners of SABYC Medical Center in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, which specializes in infertility services. Initially 30 people were allegedly arrested, but most were released... Read More

Donor oocytes recipient dies 2 years after giving birth to twins

Here comes California again! After giving us reproductive cloning, Octomom and, shortly thereafter, the charade of selecting hair and eye colors through preimplantation genetic diagnosis, California has struck again. Widely reported by practically all news media, a single woman, believed to be the oldest on record to have given birth via IVF-conceived offspring, suddenly died, Saturday, July 11,... Read More

Other examples of misguided policies

Unfortunately, PGS is not the only IVF practice, introduced with good intentions but negative patient results. The idea of introducing changes to established IVF practice patterns, based on theoretical concepts but without appropriate statistical support, has in recent years resulted in dramatic changes to routine IVF. Its most far-reaching consequence is probably the concept of single embryo... Read More

ESHRE 2009

The Annual Meeting of ESHRE, this year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, just commenced. Overall, it was, for lack of significant new developments, a rather disappointing meeting. A few highlights deserve mention: A debate between the European and U.S. opinions about s-ET was interesting because it well reflected still existing differences between the two sides of the Atlantic. New York’s Zeev... Read More

Some more on “Designer Babies”

Those who follow CHR publications will recall the special CHR Update of February 09 on “designer babies.”  It followed a bravura performance of a California colleague that made front pages all over the country and pivoted him onto almost all national news programs after announcing that his IVF center would start offering patients hair and eye color choices for their offspring. Our Update... Read More

The Italian Infertility Law, Law 40

When the Italian legislature in 2004 passed one of the world’s most restrictive laws, governing infertility practices, Law 40, our Italian colleagues were shocked. Under the threat of criminal prosecution, Italian fertility specialists were forced, from one day to the next, to radically modify their practice patterns. Adverse consequences to outcomes, including lower pregnancy rates, have... Read More

Reproductive Cloning

For once, one has to give credit to the media for only giving relatively little attention to yet another member of our professional community, who isn’t making life easy for our specialty. After octuplets in California and the ridiculous claim of being able to produce “designer babies” with predetermined hair and eye colors by another California-based colleague, now comes Dr. Panayiotis... Read More

The impact of the economy

Like everywhere else, the economy is, of course topic number one. The current recession to a very significant degree also affects infertility services. Universally, fewer new patients present to fertility centers, cancellations are way up, while treatment cycles and medication purchases are down. But the picture is not homogenous: Because especially older women, or women with premature aging... Read More