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Making Human Eggs from Stem Cells
Researchers from Massachussets General Hospital have claimed to generate new eggs cells from human ovarian stem cells. This groundbreaking research team, led by biologist Jonathan Tilly, was published online this past Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. If validated, this research has the potential to open up a new field of reproductive biology that could have tremendous impacts on the field of infertility.
The Year of the Dragon
The LA Times published a very interesting article about the increase in Asian American couples attempting to have a baby this lunar year in the Year of the Dragon. In the 12 year zodiac cycle of the Chinese calendar, the year of the dragon is considered to be the most auspicious year by many in the Asian American community.
The main way to evaluate a man’s fertility potential is to perform a semen analysis. Semen analysis samples are typically produced on site at your fertility doctor’s office. There are several factors that are examined in the semen analysis. The first is sperm count which is a measure of sperm concentration in the sample. The average sperm count is about 60 million/millliliter, however the count is not considered abnormal unless it is less than 15 million/milliliter.