Could a problematic gene be the key to solving infertility problems?

Could a rogue gene be to blame for infertility problems Chromosomes must 'huddle' together to ensure an egg’s healthy development and fertilisationBut when the gene SRPK is missing, they cannot do this, say Edinburgh scientists By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 15:57 GMT, 26 November 2012 | UPDATED: 15:57 GMT, 26 November 2012 Scientists have identified a gene which could help solve the problem of infertility in humans.

Chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up "raise risk of miscarriages and Down"s syndrome"

'Gender bending' chemicals from household goods like plastic packaging and make-up 'raise risk of miscarriages and Down's syndrome'Even low-level exposure can interfere with foetus | UPDATED: 07:44 GMT, 25 September 2012 Harmful surroundings: Pregnant women could be at risk of miscarriages or having children with Down's syndrome because of exposure to chemicals in the environment Chemicals in the environment may be harming unborn babies by raising the risk of miscarriages and Down’s syndrome, scientists warn.

Drink grapefruit juice to get pregnant: The old wives tales couples still believe will help you conceive

'Grapefruit juice helps you get pregnant and eating yams leads to twins': The old wives tales couples still believe Women who want to get pregnant should plant a rosemary bush and avoid mints, according to two old wives' talesMany people have never been taught the basic facts about their own reproductive cycle, says FPA spokesman | UPDATED: 12:37 GMT, 19 September 2012 Hoping for twins Eating a yam won't make any difference It is not just children who may be confused about where babies come from.

High fat diet may increase women"s risk of breast cancer later in life

High fat diet may increase a woman's risk of breast cancer later in life A high fat diet was linked to harmful metabolic changes and abnormal breast cell growth in miceThe fatty acid that was found to cause the metabolic changes is present in hydrogenated fats, widely used in the manufacture of biscuits and cakes | UPDATED: 10:48 GMT, 18 September 2012 Eating a poor diet early in life may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, research suggests.

How disturbed sleep in children can "affect the onset of puberty"

How disturbed sleep in children can 'affect the onset of puberty'Deep sleep is ‘intimately involved’ in the control of the onset of puberty, scientists have found | UPDATED: 15:04 GMT, 13 September 2012 Disturbed sleep in children may affect the onset of puberty, according to research.

Why women go through the menopause – to stop them competing with their daughters-in-law

Women go through the menopause to stop them competing with their daughters-in-law, claim scientists Study looked at birth and death rates from 1700 to 1900If grandmother and daughter-in-law had babies at the same time newborns were 50 per cent less likely to survive, historical records reveal | UPDATED: 10:17 GMT, 23 August 2012 The menopause partly evolved to prevent competition between mothers and their daughter-in-laws, according to researchers.

How the "golden ratio" made popular by Dan Brown could reveal the most fertile wombs

The Da Vinci Code of fertility: How the 'golden ratio' made popular by Dan Brown could reveal the most fertile wombs Study suggests women with mathematically perfect wombs are the most fertileBased on the 'golden ratio' of 1.618, which comes from the Fibonacci number sequence | UPDATED: 10:35 GMT, 15 August 2012 Fans of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code will remember when the protagonist Professor Langton explains how mathematics and art collide via the 'Golden Ratio.' For those who haven't read the populist thriller, it is the number 1.618 which has been plucked from the famous Fibonacci sequence.

Sperm crash into walls and each other as they race to the egg

Sperm have 'an appalling sense of direction' crashing into walls and each other in race to the egg | UPDATED: 19:06 GMT, 7 May 2012 Fertility doctors have long puzzled why only one per cent of the 300million sperm released by a man during sex manages to reach their partner's uterus, while just a few dozen reach the egg.

Fertility drugs "more than double the chances of children developing leukaemia"

Fertility drugs 'more than double the chances of children developing leukaemia' | UPDATED: 06:10 GMT, 24 April 2012 Risk: A study has found that fertility drugs can more than double the chances of children born to mothers who struggle to get pregnant developing leukaemia (posed by model) Fertility drugs can more than double the chances of children born to mothers who struggle to get pregnant developing leukaemia, a study has shown.