Anniversary and Special Issues

IVF Special Issue, guest edited by Lord Robert Winston

The July 2018 issue of Reproduction marked the 40th anniversary of the first birth of a baby conceived by in vitro fertilisation. The issue is guest edited by Lord Robert Winston who, in his editorial, expresses concerns that advances in the field of reproductive medicine may be being hampered by a lack of fundamental academic research, which may be a result of regulatory bureaucracy.

The issue contains seven free-to-read anniversary reviews:

Low-dose gonadotropin induction of ovulation in anovulatory women: still needed in the age of IVF

Davinia M White, Kate Hardy, Suzannah Lovelock, and Stephen Franks

Female fertility preservation: past, present and future

Benjamin Fisch and Ronit Abir

Chromosomal analysis in IVF: just how useful is it?

Darren K Griffin and Cagri Ogur

Development of ICSI

C L O’Neill, S Chow, Z Rosenwaks, and G D Palermo

In vitro follicle culture in the context of IVF

Anamaria C Herta, Francesca Lolicato, and Johan E J Smitz

‘Designer babies’ almost thirty years on

Alan H Handyside

Previous Anniversary Issues

Anniversary Issue: 25th birthday of intracytoplasmic sperm injection

This issue is guest edited by Gianpiero Palermo and Claire O'Neill. You can read their editorial here.

Gianpiero Palermo has recorded a short video discussing the success of ICSI since its inception and looking toward the future of assisted reproductive technology.

The anniversary reviews that make up the special issue are:

Publication of Sex in 3 Cities Review

Richard M Sharpe, who gave the 2017 Sex in 3 Cities lecture series, has published a review article based on the content of his talks.

The article, entitled “Programmed for sex: Nutrition-reproduction relationships from an inter-generational perspective”, encourages readers to consider reproduction as a long-term investment whereby nature has evolved epigenetic regulatory mechanisms that enable the rapid adaptation of offspring to their perceived nutritional environment.

Read the review here.


30 years of interferon-tau

Professor Michael Roberts is the guest editor of Reproduction’s anniversary issue commemorating 30 years of interferon-tau.

Read Professor Roberts’ editorial here.

Professor Roberts has also kindly recorded a video linked to this anniversary issue that can be viewed below.

Anniversary Reviews comprising the anniversary issue:

The evolution of interferon-tau by Alan D Ealy and Lydia K Wooldridge

Chronicling the discovery of interferon tau by Fuller W Bazer and William W Thatcher

Transcriptional control of IFNT expression by Toshihiko Ezashi and Kazuhiko Imakawa

Interferon-tau and fertility in ruminants by N Forde and P Lonergan

Paracrine and endocrine actions of interferon tau (IFNT) by Thomas R Hansen, Leticia D P Sinedino, and Thomas E Spencer