fertility

  • CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates

    CRISPR breakthrough could drop miscarriage rates

    Gene-editing technology CRISPR has revealed a clue in how human embryos begin to develop, possibly reducing the risk of miscarriage in those crucial first few weeks of pregnancy. CRISPR Cas9 can modify or snip out genetic defects thought to contribute to miscarriage, but until now it wasn’t clear why some embryos continued to form into a fetus and others did not. Read More

  • Future Family wants to make male fertility testing more accessible

    Future Family wants to make male fertility testing more accessible

    Back in June of this year, we wrote about a company called Future Family that aimed to simplify the world of female fertility testing, all while bringing down the cost of treatment options. But female fertility is but a part of the baby equation; it takes two to tango, as they say. With that in mind, Future Family is now offering fertility testing for men, as well. Read More

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    Fertility startup Carrot raises $3.6 million to make IVF and egg-freezing more affordable

    Fertility startup Carrot raises $3.6 million to make IVF and egg-freezing more affordable

    Two years ago, at the age of 34, Tammy Sun decided to freeze her eggs. Though larger tech companies like Apple and Facebook had started offering this service as a perk to retain female talent, it was not something Evernote, whom Sun worked for at the time, provided. So several shots, doctors visits and $30,000 out of her own pocket later she got the idea to make the process easier and more… Read More

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    Modern Fertility is offering a comprehensive fertility test for women who hope to be moms someday

    Modern Fertility is offering a comprehensive fertility test for women who hope to be moms someday

    There are a number of ways to find out more about your fertility these days — including from several at-home fertility test startups that have started to pop up in the last few years. Modern Fertility hopes to soon operate in much the same way, but with a more affordable option for testing 10 key hormones affecting women’s fertility. Read More

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    9 promising at-home lab test startups for everything from fertility to STDs

    It’s easier than ever to skip the doctor and go straight for the at-home test these days, thanks to updated regulations and the technology to match — and for many, it’s the answer to invasive and expensive hospital visits. A new army of startups has popped up in the last couple of years to offer you low-cost options for everything from breast cancer inheritance to HIV. Read More

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    Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

    Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

    More women are having kids in their 30s than in their 20s. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that 1 in every 8 couples in the U.S. have some type of fertility issue. More couples are looking at IVF and other fertility treatments. But those treatments can be costly. A new Bay Area startup, Future Family, hopes to change that. Read More

  • Biem is the first virtual sexual health service

    Biem is the first virtual sexual health service

    Talking about sexual health makes folks squeamish. While sexuality and dating have, for the most part, been taken care of by technology there isn’t much talk of sexual health online. Until Biem. Biem is an app and service that makes it easy to talk to a sexual healthcare representative and get tests taken. It also lets you anonymously notify sexual partners if something is amiss and… Read More

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    Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

    Scientists 3D-printed ovaries and made mouse babies

    Scientists from Northwestern University have developed a bioprosthetic ovary using 3D-printing technology and produced living, breathing mouse offspring from them. Northwestern’s Feinberg school of medicine and McCormick school of engineering came together for the project using 3D-printing technology and follicles from prior ovarian tissue to form a scaffold that was then placed inside… Read More

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    At-home sperm health selfies are on the rise

    At-home sperm health selfies are on the rise

    There seems to be a trend bubbling up for better tech to test a guy’s sperm in the privacy of his own home. A Harvard-designed sperm motility app made headlines last week with a cheap, at-home test, and now YO, a “sperm selfie” app and FDA-approved device, has just started shipping. Read More