No sex please, we're lizards

A Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) has astonished the scientific world by producing a clutch of eight viable eggs without any assistance from a male.

Women Infected With Toxoplasmosis Are More Likely To Have Boys Than Girls

Women infected with dormant toxoplasmosis are more likely to give birth to boys than women who are Toxoplasma negative, according to research

Underweight Women At Greater Risk Of Miscarriage

Women who have a low body mass index before they become pregnant are 72% more likely to suffer a miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy, but can reduce their risk significantly by taking supplements and eating fresh fruit and vegetables

Which women stop smoking during pregnancy and the effect on breastfeeding duration

This study investigates the socio-demographic characteristics of pregnant women who stop smoking during pregnancy and the association between stopping smoking and breastfeeding duration.

Sperm-egg fusion: events at the plasma membrane

The authors discussed the basic strategies for uniting the membranes and cytoplasms of two cells and focus on sperm-egg fusion in mammals as a representative example.

Smoking Increases Likelihood Of Impotency

Men who smoke are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than nonsmokers, reports an international group of impotency experts...

The mechanism of sperm–oocyte fusion in mammals

In this review we highlight the candidate molecules involved in the sperm–oocyte interaction suggested from the recent progress in this research field.

The Secret Love Life Of Plants: Researchers Discover Signals Between Plant Embryos And Their Endosperm

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the University of Cologne have isolated a mutant where there is only one single fertilisation.

Bone Mineral Changes During and After Lactation

The study investigated variations of bone mineral density during lactation and throughout the 12 months after the scheduled cessation of lactation, in relation to resumption of ovarian function and calcium supplementation.

Obesity In Men Linked To Infertility

Men with increased body mass index were significantly more likely to be infertile than normal-weight men, according to research...

Reactive oxygen species in spermatozoa: methods for monitoring and significance for the origins of genetic disease and infertility

In this review the possible origins of oxidative damage to human spermatozoa and reflect on the important contribution such stress might make to the origins of genetic disease in our species were considered.

Caffeine Intake and the Risk of First-Trimester Spontaneous Abortion

The ingestion of caffeine may increase the risk of an early spontaneous abortion among nonsmoking women carrying fetuses with normal karyotypes...

Does caffeine consumption during pregnancy increase the risk of fetal mortality?

The aim of this study was to evaluate the available epidemiological evidence of the effect of caffeine consumption during pregnancy on fetal mortality.

Delivery After Previous Cesarean: A Risk Evaluation

A trial of labor after previous cesarean is safe and can be recommended in the majority of cases, study shows.

Factors predisposing to perinatal death related to uterine rupture during attempted vaginal birth after caesarean section: retrospective cohort study

This study concludes that for women attempting VBAC no previous vaginal birth and induction of labour with prostaglandin were associated with uterine rupture resulting in perinatal death...

A Review of Nitrates in Drinking Water: Maternal Exposure and Adverse Reproductive and Developmental Outcomes

In this review an update on maternal exposure to nitrates in drinking water in relation to possible adverse reproductive and developmental effects is presented.

Contributions of androgen and estrogen to fetal programming of ovarian dysfunction

This mini-review focused on the role of fetal androgens and estrogens in determining postnatal ovarian phenotype, and the relevance of such fetal programming to reproductive health in women.

Lack Of GBA2: A Contraceptive For Male Mice

Although it had previously been thought that a protein known as GBA2 was important for bile acid metabolism, study shows that in mice GBA2 is in fact required for male fertility.

Sperm From Marijuana Smokers Move Too Fast Too Early, Impairing Fertility, UB Research Shows

Men who smoke marijuana frequently have significantly less seminal fluid, study shows.

Men Who Smoke Heavily May Impair Sperm, Fertility

Men who smoke cigarettes may experience a significant decline in their capacity to father a child, research shows.