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New study explores the links between prenatal sex steroid hormones, maternal health and autism

16 September 2021

New research from the Autism Research Centre and the Rosie Hospital, both at the University of Cambridge, suggests that maternal steroid factors during pregnancy are associated with autistic traits in mothers and their infants. Previous studies have shown a relationship between prenatal sex steroid hormones and the...

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March for Choice, Dublin, 2012. Photo by William Murphy.

How the moral and emotional framing of the Irish abortion debate has shaped political and public opinion

15 September 2021

New research on Ireland's recent referendum on abortion rights examines how the framing processes used by the pro-choice movement shaped public attitudes and political treatment of abortion within the new legislative regime. Aideen O'Shaughnessy , a PhD student in the Reproductive Sociology Research Group (ReproSoc) ...

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Menstrual cycles

Cycles and circulation

23 August 2021

Reproduction is all about cycles: menstrual cycles, treatment cycles, population cycles and more. A team of historians has analysed how metaphors of cycles and circulation have been deployed, and how they have linked reproduction to other major topics. Cycles are among the oldest ways of grasping human existence, and of...

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Partially empty egg box

Researchers identify new genes linked to longer reproductive lifespan in women

4 August 2021

The age at which women go through menopause is critical for fertility and impacts healthy ageing in women, but reproductive ageing has been difficult for scientists to study and insights into the underlying biology are limited. Now, scientists have identified nearly 300 gene variations that influence reproductive lifespan...

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Menstrual cup

Organoids derived from menstrual flow can avoid the need for invasive biopsies

29 June 2021

Researchers in Cambridge have published a new method of deriving endometrial organoids that can save women from undergoing an invasive procedure. Using menstrual flow, Tereza Cindrova-Davies and colleagues have been able to generate organoids that are identical to those generated from an endometrial biopsy. Organoids are...

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A human embryo in the lab at 9 days post-fertilisation

Study identifies trigger for ‘head-to-tail’ axis development in human embryo

17 June 2021

Scientists have identified key molecular events in the developing human embryo between days 7 and 14 - one of the most mysterious, yet critical, stages of our development. The second week of gestation represents a critical stage of embryo development, or embryogenesis. Failure of development during this time is one of the...

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About us

This Strategic Research Initiative explores the urgent challenges posed by reproduction today.

We facilitate close engagement between the arts, humanities and social sciences, biology and medicine. By approaching reproduction collectively and across disciplines, we offer fresh perspectives on broad issues which range from global policies to those which affect individuals, families and populations.

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