A man-made embryo shows how a stem cell finds its role

A unique 3D model allows researchers to explore embryonic development.

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  • Researchers observe the beginning of embryonic stem cells dividing into upper and lower body sections.
  • An interdisciplinary team invents an impressively accurate 10-day-old "embryoid."
  • The team's model may be important to other future research on pregnancy.
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Technology & Innovation

Should a fetus be a citizen? Why many pro-lifers say no.

If a fetus is a person, would it be a citizen too?

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  • Abortion rights in the United States might be in for a bit of a reduction.
  • Many of the debates around abortion center around what rights, if any, a fetus should have.
  • If a fetus is a person, the question of if it would be a citizen seems quickly comes to mind.
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Politics & Current Affairs

His biological clock is ticking, too

Men should be just concerned as women.

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  • A study from Rutgers documents age-related reproductive factors for men.
  • Beyond a certain age, men risk a variety of serious hazards to their mates and offspring.
  • Men planning to father children should consider banking their sperm before reaching 35.
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Sex & Relationships

Eating nuts may boost fetal brain development

A new study finds such kids excel in all cognitive areas.

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  • A Spanish study finds that nuts consumed early in pregnancy boost babies' cognitive strength.
  • Eating walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pine nuts and/or hazelnuts early in pregnancy can make a big difference.
  • For those without allergies, nuts are good food.
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Surprising Science

Does 'swallowing sperm' really reduce the risk of recurring miscarriage?

Don't get too excited, there is a catch to the study.

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  • A new study finds a relationship between how often women gave their partners oral sex and the number of miscarriages they'd endured.
  • While it demonstrates correlation, the study does not prove causation.
  • The study will undoubtedly be the catalyst for further studies into this area.
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Sex & Relationships