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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Baby boom

There’s a new Royal on the way, but fathers like Prince Harry could soon be out of a job

This week we heard the joyous news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are expecting their first baby. Due in spring 2019, the new Royal won’t get the title of Prince or Princess, but they will be seventh in line to the throne (sorry Prince Andrew, you’ve been pushed down another spot!). 

Having only married in May, the newlyweds have wasted no time getting pregnant, but for many couples it’s not so simple. Some aspiring parents spend years trying to conceive, which can be distressing and disappointing over time.

Fertility treatments such as IVF have been around for decades, but meditech innovators are still stepping up to try and boost the birth rate. A new fertility app called Dot has been in the news recently, after a study found that it was quite a success. Dot uses machine learning and an algorithm to give women information about their fertility status on any given day. Proving to be just as useful to people wishing to avoid pregnancy as those longing for it, the app has a typical-use failure rate of just 3.5% – meaning its efficacy is comparable to other methods of contraception. 

However, the really big news came from Down Under, where a fertility expert reckons that Australian women could be able to have a baby without any, erm, input from men within two decades. Although such a procedure would come up against some serious ethical roadblocks at the current time, the expert – responding to news that a baby mouse had been born to two female mice in China – believes that it’s only a matter of time before humans have access to the same ‘immaculate conception’.

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