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UTERINE TRANSPLANTATION

First live birth following uterine transplantation from a deceased donor

Three years after a Swedish group announced live births following uterine transplantation from living donors, a group in Brazil has now reported the world's first live birth with a transplanted uterus retrieved from a deceased donor.

EUROPEAN IVF MONITORING

ESHRE's role in the assembly of 'big data' for monitoring IVF performance and safety

A closed meeting of the European IVF Monitoring (EIM) Consortium, which involved representatives of almost all member nations, outlined the achievements of its data collections as well as the continuing challenges.

GENE EDITING

Chinese group claims birth of world's first genetically edited babies

An unconfirmed report from a news agency, not from a peer-reviewed journal, claims that twin girls have been born following gene modification with the CRISPR-Cas9 technology.

FEMALE FERTILITY PRESERVATION

Why ovarian tissue freezing is sometimes the only viable means of fertility preservation for women

Claus Yding Andersen, whose group in Copenhagen leads the way in Europe in ovarian tissue freezing, explains what's been discovered over the past 20 years from 1100 cases and more than 100 thawed transplantations.

IN PROFILE: ARNE SUNDE

A new editor-in-chief for Human Reproduction Update

Next year the Norwegian embryologist Arne Sunde will take over as editor-in-chief of ESHRE's remarkably successful review journal Human Reproduction Update, whose impact factor reached 11.85 at the last assessment. Sunde's experience with ESHRE reaches back to the very first Executive Committee assembled by Robert Edwards in 1984.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY

Invasive and non-invasive assessment of gametes and embryos

The latest SIG Embryology Campus, held in Nice in November, described gamete and embryo assessment as 'The Holy Grail' of embryology. Four young members of the SIG Embryology were among the many participants and they here provide their feedback.

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CELL ATLAS

A cell map of early pregnancy in the human

Human Cell Atlas study defines cells and their interactions at the maternal-fetal interface of early pregnancy.

CHAIRMAN'S UPDATE

More responsive and more effective

ESHRE Chairman Roy Farquharson describes the outcome of a two-year strategic review which aims to enhance member support in five key areas of ESHRE activity.

FERTILITY RATES

Baby boom and baby bust seen in latest world fertility rates

Global fertility rates have declined substantially since 1950. Currently in many nations, fertility rates are not high enough to maintain current population levels, but in others, largely in sub-Saharan Africa, high fertility rates are still driving population increases.

EMBRYO SELECTION

Many methods emerging, but non-invasive embryo assessment not yet adequately reliable

Denny Sakkas, Scientific Director of Boston IVF, spoke at a recent Campus meeting on embryo selection and here talks to Focus on Reproduction about non-invasive methods of aneuploidy testing and embryo viability.