What’s new in genetics and fertility?


Here is our roundup!


Late last month, the infertility community celebrated Congress’ vote to reverse a law passed in 1992 which prohibited the VA from covering the cost of IVF treatments for veterans. This past March, over 200 infertility advocates traveled to Washington, DC to speak with their Senators and Representatives about the need for this coverage.

Read about this year’s Advocacy Day on our blog as some of our team members traveled to DC to ask their representatives for support!

It’s a Boy!

The world’s first baby born with DNA from three parents is healthy and just hit his 5 month mark. The baby was conceived by way of a technique in which the nucleus from the mother’s egg is transferred to a donor egg. The egg is then fertilized and implanted in the mother’s uterus. This procedure is intended to prevent a genetic condition that is caused by a mutation in the mother’s mitochondrial DNA.

The uterine transplant is repeated:

We shared news of the first uterine transplant performed in the US earlier this year. Now, four additional transplants have been performed in women who were born without a uterus. While three of the transplants had to be removed, doctors still find this to be a great step forward in providing women the opportunity to bear children.

Introducing, the genome graph:

A group of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles have partnered with a team at University of Oxford to change how we sequence and compare whole genomes. The team is pulling from mathematical concepts to create a genome graph, where genomes are organized as a network of sequences, with forks branching out where sequences differ. The team of scientists believes this will be more a more effective way to map genomes as sequencing continues to advance.


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About Author

Stephany Foster

Stephany Foster is the Associate Scientific Writer at Recombine, a genetic testing company based in New York City. She writes on topics spanning fertility, reproductive medicine, and recent advances in genomics. Stephany also writes about recently published research that Recombine presents at conferences and meetings around the globe. Before joining Recombine, Stephany interned at the George Church Lab at Harvard Medical School. She graduated from Brown University with an A.B. in Biology in 2014.