There's a big conference in Lyon about reproductive technology, and a lot of very cool news is coming out of it. There's plenty of other news as well, below.
Scientists think they have discovered how twins develop in the first few days as well as how to clone sperm, which will help men with low sperm counts. Doctors at the conference were talking about a woman who is freezing her eggs for her daughter's use - the daughter is likely to be infertile due to Turner Syndrome.
Sex pheromones make female mice brains grow - the scent of dominant male mice creates new neurons in the female mice's brains.
This sexual harassment case is crazy: allegedly, a woman was fired because she wouldn't be her boss' surrogate! Speaking of nutty: a man apologized for trying to burn down a women's clinic when he mistakenly believed the clinic offered abortions. He was wrong, and says that even if the clinic did offer abortions, it still would have been wrong to try to burn down the clinic.
The UK is considering lifting the requirement that a woman gets two medical approvals for a first trimester abortion. India is seeking Mr. Condom to push for increased condom usage. Egypt, once again, outlawed female circumcision. They did this once before, and then the practice went underground, which was more dangerous, so they legalized it.
Ok, so a 19 year old man had a sexual relationship with an 11 year old girl. Girl gets pregnant (yikes!). He is being charged, but so are both of their parents, who consented to the relationship. RHRealityCheck keeps us up to date on the whole Kansas/Tiller mess.
Fetus or fruit? Hard to determine, apparently.
And the animal story: elephant dies of herpes.