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Fertility Road Issue 14

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F E R T I L I T Y R O A D N O T F O R G O T T E N © Neanderthal Museum/H. Neumann “I CAN CREATE NEANDERTHAL BABY, I JUST NEED WILLING WOMAN” GEORGE CHURCH, A GENETICS PROFESSOR FROM HARVARD SCHOOL of Medicine in the US, has stated that it is possible to clone a Neanderthal baby from ancient DNA if he is able to find a willing surrogate, claiming that he could introduce parts of the Neanderthal genome to human stem cells and replicate them to create a foetus that could then be implanted into a woman. Speaking to the German news magazine, Der Spiegel, Prof. Church said “I have already managed to extract enough DNA from fossil bones to reconstruct the DNA of the human species largely extinct. Now all I need is an adventurous female human.” Prof Church helped start the Human Genome Project in 2003 that has helped map human DNA and is very well respected in this field however this process is not legal in many countries and his comments will no doubt surprise many geneticists who believe that cloning humans should not be allowed. What are your thoughts? Why not drop us a line on twitter @fertilityroad. For more information on Neanderthal man please visit the Neanderthal Museum website Neither this publication nor its contents constitute an explicit endorsement by Mack Media Group of the products or services mentioned in advertising or editorial content. The editorial content in this publication does not necessarily represent policies or recommendations of Mack Media Group. This publication is not intended to be exhaustive. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, Mack Media Group shall not have any liability for errors or omissions. Readers who have questions should consult their healthcare providers or other competent sources of information and guidance. © All copyright Mack Media Group unless otherwise stated. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. 50 | WWW.FERTILITYROAD.COM | APRIL - MAY 2013

Chromosome screening Screening for aneuploidy in an IVF cycle Screening for aneuploidy before embryo transfer in IVF optimises the likelihood that embryos with no identifiable genetic abnormalities are transferred. This aims to improve the chance of having a healthy baby, and a successful IVF cycle. Why are chromosomes important? Many IVF cycles can result in disappointment as embryos fail to implant. This may be explained by having an incorrect amount of genetic material (known as chromosomes) in embryos being transferred. Missing or extra chromosomes in embryos is called aneuploidy. Whilst some aneuploid embryos can lead to the birth of a baby the majority of pregnancies with aneuploid embryos result in miscarriages. With advancing age a woman’s risk of aneuploidy increases. Clinicians believe this is the main reason why birth rates fall for women in their late thirties and early forties. Because we believe chromosomes are important in fertility we have created an educational website designed as a resource for individuals who want to find out more about chromosome screening. For further information go to website is sponsored by BlueGnome Ltd

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