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High relative deoxyribonucleic acid content of trophectoderm biopsy adversely affects pregnancy outcomes

This study is based on the assumption that in quantitative PCR, the number of PCR cycles required to reach a signal threshold CT for a given genomic locus is inversely related to the amount of DNA at that locus. Thus, samples reaching the threshold at a lower cycle number than others contain more DNA. In the first phase of the study a standard curve was established using a euploid fibroblast cell line taking into account both known cell number as well as mean CT value.

What Does Your Sperm Say About Your Health?

If a men and his female partner are having trouble conceiving, or if his doctor has said that his sperm counts are low, they may wonder what this says about his health in general. How does his health relate to his fertility? The fact is, semen quality — or a lack thereof — directly relates to his health and well-being, so we need to pinpoint what's causing problems even if the patient is not thinking of having children right now. This report by Dr. Ashok Agarwal from the Cleveland Clinic’s American Center for Reproductive Medicine, throws light on a neglected and poorly talked aspect of male infertility – the lifestyle choices and other health conditions.

New Photo & Video Gallery

Executive Committee board members of Alpha - Scientists in Reproductive Medicine would like to draw your attention to a new feature of the Alpha homepage. A new photo and video gallery has been established which may assist users in their embryological training. It should be noted that the images are titled strictly according to the Alpha/ESHRE consensus meeting on embryo assessment (Reprod Biomed Online 2011; 22: 632-646). Members are invited to submit images of suitable quality which will be considered by the Alpha EC board members.

In memoriam Lynette A. Scott

It is with deep sadness and regret that we announce the passing of Lynette A. Scott, PhD. We mourn the loss but celebrate her life. A life, that touched so many.

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