The Bigger Story Behind the 3 Parent Embryo- Human Embryo Genetic Experimentation

Countless sources are reporting on the “three parent embryo” created as a potential treatment for infertility.  What has not been reported is that there is an almost 10 year history of unregulated human experimentation in this arena which led to a rare federal ban on specific fertility treatments.  Is this hope, hype or dangerous human […]

Study Shows Accupuncture Boosts IVF Success Rates 65%

  A new study published today in the BMJ showed that the use of accupuncture boosted IVF success rates 65%.  They used the statistical tool called meta-analysis.  Here several small research studies each showing a possible effect are combined to create a virtual huge study that can demonstrate the clear power of an intervention.  The […]

Cell Phones Are Not Reliable Contraception!

Good old MSNBC is reporting a story today that heavy cell phone usage leads to lowered sperm counts in men. Before you throw them out the window there are some serious flaws with the study. They report: “In a study of 361 men seen at their infertility clinic, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found an […]

Sperm Made from Female Stem Cells- All Female Baby Possible

Scientists in the UK have successfully tricked stem cells from a female to develop into sperm.  If these cells are functional then the possibility exists for an “all-female” baby to be made from the cells of a same sex female couple.  This is the next step forward from a group that earlier did the same thing […]

Docinthemachine is Back!

[youtube]v/C1iSKw5vieY[/youtube] Hello again all my friends, supporters, and loyal readers! After far too long of an absence I am back. So much time has passed and so much has happened that I wanted to fill you all in and welcome you back to my regular schedule of postings on all new in medical technology. So […]

Embryo Adoption, Stem Cell Research, Partial Birth Abortion Oh My: Breaking News From DITM

  When does human life begin and what is a human?  Fertility specialists wrestle with this question every day as embryos are created, frozen, thawed, implanted, and discarded.  Occasionally an embryo is even “adopted”.  Today I received the draft results of a US government Health and Human Services Research Project that I participated in on […]

Babies Without Men: Creating Sperm From A Woman’s Bone Marrow

NOTE TO READERS: this post is a copy of the full article and discussion which can be found here- please click for the many many comments Scientists report today on the ability to create sperm from bone marrow cells.  Initially performed in men, the technique could potentially be performed in women and lead to a […]

Carnivals Galore: Grand Rounds x 2 and GeneGenie

I wanted to catch up with the recent carnivals and thank them for including docinthemachine’s posts. First was keagirl a great medblogger who writes at urostream.  This grand rounds was straight to the point and a cavalcade of posts.  Thanks for including my post on technology: is it god evil or neutral? Dr Palter from […]

New Genetic Pap Smear Can Easily Diagnose Hidden Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Undiagnosed sexually transmitted diseases are a major health epidemic in the world.  Some of the worst ones have no symptoms.  The cervical cancer screening pap smear has been updated with new genetic technology to identify bioth gonorrhea and chlamydia- two of the most serious dangers. The standard pap smear is a decades old technology where […]

Human-Animal Mutant Animal Developed: It’s Not the First!

Many reports on-line are coming out about chimeric man-sheep creatures developed. Scientists have created the world’s first human-sheep chimera – which has the body of a sheep and half-human organs.  The sheep have 15 per cent human cells and 85 per cent animal cells – and their evolution brings the prospect of animal organs being […]