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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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Blood samples in tubes

Simple blood test can predict which women will have serious pregnancy complications

9 June 2021

Women who will develop potentially life-threatening disorders during pregnancy can be identified early when hormone levels in the placenta are tested, a new study has shown. Nearly all of the organ systems of the mother’s body need to alter their function during pregnancy so that the baby can grow. If the mother’s body...

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Human heart

Cambridge scientists awarded £1.3m to unravel how cardiovascular disease is programmed by obese pregnancy

26 April 2021

Congratulations to SRI members Professor Dino Giussani (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience) and Professor Sue Ozanne (Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science) who have, with Professor Mike Murphy (MRC Mitochrondrial Biology Unit), been awarded a £1.3m grant from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to...

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Baby rat

Simple treatment during pregnancy can protect baby from memory problems in later life, study in rats suggests

21 April 2021

A new study in laboratory rats has discovered a direct link between low oxygen in the womb and impaired memory function in the adult offspring. It also finds that anti-oxidant supplements during pregnancy may protect against this. Low oxygen in the womb - known as chronic fetal hypoxia - is one of the most common...

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Cover image from Christina Weis, 'Surrogacy in Russia. An ethnography of reproductive labour, stratification and migration'

Comparative ethnographies of surrogacy: perceptions of the clinical labour of surrogacy in Russia, the USA and India

20 April 2021

A new article published this month in Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters presents the results of a multinational ethnographic study to show how perceptions of ‘clinical labour’ such as surrogacy are shaped by local moral frameworks. Marcin Smietana (ReproSoc, Cambridge University) and colleagues Sharmila Rudrappa (...

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Professor W.R. (Twink) Allen

Professor W.R. (Twink) Allen 1940 - 2021

7 June 2021

It is with great sadness we note the passing of Twink (W.R.) Allen, Emeritus Fellow of Robinson College, and formerly the Jim Joel Professor of Equine Reproduction at the University of Cambridge . Twink was a Veterinary graduate from the University of Sydney, who came to Cambridge in 1966 for his PhD. A Post-doctoral...

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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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