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BOOK REVIEW

A life of egalitarian principle and dogged determination

Our knowledge of Robert Edwards comes from a mix of anecdote, brief encounters, autobiographical snatches and occasional scholarly research. Now, his former student Roger Gosden has completed the first authorised biography of ESHRE's founder, reviewed here by Simon Brown, editor of Focus on Reproduction.

PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

The stress of infertility and prescription of antidepressants

A cohort study cross-linking two Danish registries finds positive correlation between infertility-related stress levels and prescribed medication over a ten-year follow-up period.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

Intrinsic and laboratory determinants of IVF success

Topics in this third review of embryology sessions from the oral presentation programme in Vienna include the timing of embryo transfer, extended embryo culture, paternal age, embryo arrest, and the effect of trophectoderm morphology grade - from Session 78.

EVOLUTION AND IVF

Assisted reproduction and its role in human evolution

One of several debates in Vienna argued the possibility that children born from ART have a role in the evolution of the human species. As yet, there's no data to prove anything, but it made for a lively discussion.

ART COMPLICATIONS

Pre-eclampsia now associated with trophectoderm biopsy

Following a flurry of studies suggesting maternal and neonatal complications in ART, a new cohort analysis finds a higher incidence of pre-eclampsia in pregnancies following PGT than without PGT.

France

ART LEGISLATION FRANCE

France to remove ART restrictions on single and lesbian women

Draft legislation expected to become law later this year will extend fertility treatment rights to single and lesbian women, allow elective egg freezing, and also remove strict anonymity requirements for sperm donation.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

New insights from time-lapse imaging

In this second review of embryology sessions in Vienna, we report from a selected oral communications session on time-lapse imaging. Six speakers presented their data on embryo assessment using various morphokinetic parameters to support their predictive value in embryo selection for transfer.

GAMETE DONATION

Donor anonymity 'a thing of the past'

The volume of genetic information available about individuals is now so vast that protecting the anonymity of sperm or egg donors and the children conceived from their donation can no longer be guaranteed by law.

FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER

The worldwide surge in FET may not be without its complications

A new cohort study suggests a higher risk of pre-eclampsia from frozen embryos transferred in cycles programmed with hormone therapy than in natural cycles.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

Fertilisation in research and human IVF laboratories

Fertilisation was the subject of an invited session eloquently bringing to life its very beginnings. Two outstanding speakers reviewed events documented in research and clinical laboratories covering the fusion of gametes and the 24 hours thereafter.