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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219264/we-are-not-gametes-distinguishing-between-abortion-and-contraception
#1
Toni Saad
It is sometimes argued that interruptions of the life's continuum which have the same end result are morally equivalent. In other words, abortion and contraception are ethically identical because both prevent birth and the development of persons. We will examine two major arguments in favour of this thesis: (1) all things that are potential persons have equal moral status. Hence preventing fertilisation of gametes is morally identical to destroying an embryo; (2) all interruptions of the continuous process which leads to the creation of a person are morally equivalent; abortion and contraception are morally indistinguishable...
November 2016: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215808/urea-stabilisation-and-concentration-for-urine-diverting-dry-toilets-urine-dehydration-in-ash
#2
Jenna Senecal, Björn Vinnerås
Human excreta contain the same nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (N-P-K) as the fertilisers used to produce the food consumed. However, human excreta are considered unwanted waste throughout the world, creating humanitarian and environmental problems. In order to replace the nutrients removed from fields during crop harvesting, more fertilisers are manufactured, in processes contributing to environmental changes at global level. The limitation of human urine as a fertiliser is its low nutrient concentration compared with commercial fertilisers...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215009/why-geese-benefit-from-the-transition-from-natural-vegetation-to-agriculture
#3
Anthony D Fox, Kenneth F Abraham
The energy and nutrient content of most agricultural crops are as good as or superior to natural foods for wild geese and they tend to be available in agricultural landscapes in far greater abundance. Artificial grasslands (fertilised native swards and intensively managed reseeds) offer far superior quality forage and higher intake rates than seminatural or natural grasslands. The availability of such abundant artificial food explains the abandonment of traditional habitats for farmland by geese over the last 50-100 years and favours no reduction in current levels of exploitation of agriculture...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212324/differential-gene-expression-in-the-meristem-and-during-early-fruit-growth-of-pisum-sativum-l-identifies-potential-targets-for-breeding
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Annu Smitha Ninan, Anish Shah, Jiancheng Song, Paula E Jameson
For successful molecular breeding it is important to identify targets to the gene family level, and in the specific species of interest, in this case Pisum sativum L. The cytokinins have been identified as a key breeding target due to their influence on plant architecture, and on seed size and sink activity. We focused on the cytokinin biosynthetic gene family (the IPTs) and the gene family key to the destruction of cytokinins (the CKXs), as well as other gene families potentially affected by changing cytokinin levels...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211357/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screening-by-array-comparative-genomic-hybridisation-experience-of-more-than-100-cases-in-a-single-centre
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J Fc Chow, W Sb Yeung, V Cy Lee, E Yl Lau, P C Ho, E Hy Ng
INTRODUCTION: Preimplantation genetic screening has been proposed to improve the in-vitro fertilisation outcome by screening for aneuploid embryos or blastocysts. This study aimed to report the outcome of 133 cycles of preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening by array comparative genomic hybridisation. METHODS: This study of case series was conducted in a tertiary assisted reproductive centre in Hong Kong. Patients who underwent preimplantation genetic diagnosis for chromosomal abnormalities or preimplantation genetic screening between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015 were included...
February 17, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208090/multi-approach-characterization-of-organic-sediment-produced-by-an-anaerobic-digestion-plant-fed-with-pig-slurry-and-stored-for-a-long-term-in-a-lagoon
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Anna Ricci, Luisa Massaccesi, Daniela Pezzolla, Giuseppe Corti, Alberto Agnelli, Giovanni Gigliotti
This study combined different approaches to characterize organic sediments produced by an anaerobic digestion plant feed with pig slurry, and accumulated for many years in a lagoon. The results of all analyses identified a certain homogeneity of the sediments. As a consequence of the pig diet, the sediment contained an high concentration of Zn (about 4gkg(-1)) and Cu (about 1.2gkg(-1)), which were mostly associated to the particles with a size ranging from 2 to 53μm. The sediment was made of large amount of organic matter, mostly cellulose and recalcitrant molecules, and 30-40% mineral fraction...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188844/infertility-and-ovarian-follicle-reserve-depletion-are-associated-with-dysregulation-of-the-fsh-and-lh-receptor-density-in-human-antral-follicles
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Sheena L P Regan, Phil G Knight, John L Yovich, James D Stanger, Yee Leung, Frank Arfuso, Arun Dharmarajan, Ghanim Almahbobi
The low take-home baby rate in older women in Australia (5.8%) undergoing IVF is linked to the depletion of the ovarian reserve of primordial follicles. Oocyte depletion causes an irreversible change to ovarian function. We found that the young patient FSH receptor and LH receptor expression profile on the granulosa cells collected from different size follicles were similar to the expression profile reported in natural cycles in women and sheep. This was reversed in the older patients with poor ovarian reserve...
February 7, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181227/independent-cytoplasmic-incompatibility-induced-by-cardinium-and-wolbachia-maintains-endosymbiont-co-infections-in-haplodiploid-thrips-populations
#8
Duong T Nguyen, Jennifer L Morrow, Robert N Spooner-Hart, Markus Riegler
Cardinium and Wolbachia are common maternally inherited reproductive parasites that can co-infect arthropods, yet interactions between both bacterial endosymbionts are rarely studied. For the first time, we report their independent expression of complete cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) in a co-infected host, and CI in a species of the haplodiploid insect order Thysanoptera. In Pezothrips kellyanus, Cardinium-induced CI resulted in a combination of male development (MD) and embryonic female mortality (FM) of fertilised eggs...
February 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167037/adaptive-strategies-for-nitrogen-metabolism-in-phosphate-deficient-legume-nodules
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REVIEW
Alex J Valentine, Aleysia Kleinert, Vagner A Benedito
Legumes play a significant role in natural and agricultural ecosystems. They can fix atmospheric N2 and contribute the fixed N to soils and plant N budgets. In legumes, the availability of P does not only affect nodule development, but also N acquisition and metabolism. For legumes as an important source of plant proteins, their capacity to metabolise N during P deficiency is critical for their benefits to agriculture and the natural environment. In particular for farming, rock P is a non-renewable source of which the world has about 60-80 years of sustainable extraction of this P left...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166300/impacts-of-human-related-practices-on-ommatissus-lybicus-infestations-of-date-palm-in-oman
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Khalifa M Al-Kindi, Paul Kwan, Nigel R Andrew, Mitchell Welch
Date palm cultivation is economically important in the Sultanate of Oman, with significant financial investments coming from both the government and private individuals. However, a widespread Dubas bug (DB) (Ommatissus lybicus Bergevin) infestation has impacted regions including the Middle East, North Africa, Southeast Russia, and Spain, resulting in widespread damages to date palms. In this study, techniques in spatial statistics including ordinary least squares (OLS), geographically weighted regression (GRW), and exploratory regression (ER) were applied to (a) model the correlation between DB infestations and human-related practices that include irrigation methods, row spacing, palm tree density, and management of undercover and intercropped vegetation, and (b) predict the locations of future DB infestations in northern Oman...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161881/nutrient-loads-from-agricultural-and-forested-areas-in-finland-from-1981-up-to-2010-can-the-efficiency-of-undertaken-water-protection-measures-seen
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Sirkka Tattari, Jari Koskiaho, Maiju Kosunen, Ahti Lepistö, Jarmo Linjama, Markku Puustinen
Long-term data from a network of intensively monitored research catchments in Finland was analysed. We studied temporal (1981-2010) and spatial variability in nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), from 1987 losses, both from agricultural and forestry land. Based on trend analysis, total nitrogen (TN) concentrations increased in two of the four agricultural sites and in most of the forested sites. In agricultural catchments, the total phosphorus (TP) trends were decreasing in two of the four catchments studied. Dissolved P (DRP) concentrations increased in two catchments and decreased in one...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158567/kirsty-horsey-ed-revisiting-the-regulation-of-human-fertilisation-and-embryology
#12
Sacha Waxman
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November 1, 2016: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155097/gene-editing-enhancing-and-women-s-role
#13
Frida Simonstein
A recent article on the front page of The Independent (September 18, 2015) reported that the genetic 'manipulation' of IVF embryos is to start in Britain, using a new revolutionary gene-editing technique, called Crispr/Cas9. About three weeks later (Saturday 10, October 2015), on the front page of the same newspaper, it was reported that the National Health Service (NHS) faces a one billion pound deficit only 3 months into the new year. The hidden connection between these reports is that gene editing could be used to solve issues related to health care allocation...
February 2, 2017: Science and Engineering Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147214/microtubule-stabilisers-docetaxel-and-paclitaxel-reduce-spindle-damage-and-maintain-the-developmental-competence-of-in-vitro-mature-bovine-oocytes-during-vitrification
#14
Jakkhaphan Pitchayapipatkul, Tamás Somfai, Satoko Matoba, Rangsan Parnpai, Takashi Nagai, Masaya Geshi, Thevin Vongpralub
This study compared the efficacy of docetaxel (DT) and paclitaxel (PT) in reducing spindle damage during vitrification and maintaining the developmental competence of in vitro-matured (IVM) bovine oocytes after vitrification and warming. Pretreatment of IVM oocytes with 0.05µM DT for 30min before vitrification resulted in significantly higher (P<0.05) rates of oocyte survival and cleavage after IVF, as well as subsequent blastocyst rates on Days 7-9 and hatching on Days 8-9, compared with oocytes pretreated with 1...
February 2, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127993/three-persons-three-genetic-contributors-three-parents-mitochondrial-donation-genetic-parenting-and-the-immutable-grammar-of-the-three-x-x
#15
Rebecca Dimond, Neil Stephens
In 2015, two novel in vitro fertilisation techniques intended to prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial disease were legalised in the United Kingdom, following an intense period of inquiry including scientific reviews, public consultations, government guidance and debates within the Houses of Parliament. The techniques were controversial because (1) they introduced a third genetic contributor into the reproductive process and (2) they are germline, meaning this genetic change could then be passed down to subsequent generations...
January 1, 2017: Health (London)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120203/hair-from-different-ethnic-groups-vary-in-elemental-composition-and-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-mineralisation-in-soil
#16
N M Malepfane, P Muchaonyerwa
Disposal of hair wastes at landfills causes nitrate leaching to ground water, and use of the waste as fertiliser could be a viable option. This study was to determine elemental composition of major hair types in South Africa and their nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) release in soil. Wastes of African, White and Indian hair were obtained from local salons and analysed for carbon (C), N and sulphur (S) with the Leco CNS analyzer, and P, bases, aluminium (Al) and micronutrients, with the ICP. We also conducted an incubation study to determine changes in mineral N and P in soil...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112384/surgery-for-tubal-infertility
#17
REVIEW
Su Jen Chua, Valentine A Akande, Ben Willem J Mol
BACKGROUND: Surgery remains an acceptable treatment modality for tubal infertility despite the rise in usage of in vitro fertilisation (IVF). Estimated livebirth rates after surgery range from 9% for women with severe tubal disease to 69% for those with mild disease; however, the effectiveness of surgery has not been rigorously evaluated in comparison with other treatments such as IVF and expectant management (no treatment). Livebirth rates have not been adequately assessed in relation to the severity of tubal damage...
January 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103468/poly-a-binding-proteins-are-required-for-translational-regulation-in-vertebrate-oocytes-and-early-embryos
#18
Saffet Ozturk, Fatma Uysal
Poly(A)-binding proteins (PABPs) function in the timely regulation of gene expression during oocyte maturation, fertilisation and early embryo development in vertebrates. To this end, PABPs bind to poly(A) tails or specific sequences of maternally stored mRNAs to protect them from degradation and to promote their translational activities. To date, two structurally different PABP groups have been identified: (1) cytoplasmic PABPs, including poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 1 (PABPC1), embryonic poly(A)-binding protein (EPAB), induced PABP and poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 3; and (2) nuclear PABPs, namely embryonic poly(A)-binding protein 2 and nuclear poly(A)-binding protein 1...
January 20, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098238/expression-of-the-novel-maternal-centrosome-assembly-factor-wdr8-is-required-for-vertebrate-embryonic-mitoses
#19
Daigo Inoue, Manuel Stemmer, Thomas Thumberger, Thomas Ruppert, Felix Bärenz, Joachim Wittbrodt, Oliver J Gruss
The assembly of the first centrosome occurs upon fertilisation when male centrioles recruit pericentriolar material (PCM) from the egg cytoplasm. The mechanisms underlying the proper assembly of centrosomes during early embryogenesis remain obscure. We identify Wdr8 as a novel maternally essential protein that is required for centrosome assembly during embryonic mitoses of medaka (Oryzias latipes). By CRISPR-Cas9-mediated knockout, maternal/zygotic Wdr8-null (m/zWdr8(-/-)) blastomeres exhibit severe defects in centrosome structure that lead to asymmetric division, multipolar mitotic spindles and chromosome alignment errors...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095467/phylogenetically-widespread-polyembryony-in-cyclostome-bryozoans-and-the-protracted-asynchronous-release-of-clonal-brood-mates
#20
Helen L Jenkins, Andrea Waeschenbach, Beth Okamura, Roger N Hughes, John D D Bishop
Polyembryony-the production of multiple cloned embryos from a single fertilised egg-is a seemingly paradoxical combination of reproductive modes that nevertheless persists in diverse taxa. We document features of polyembryony in the Cyclostomata (Bryozoa)-an ancient order of modular colonial marine invertebrates-that suggest a substantial reduction in the paradoxical nature of this enigmatic reproductive mode. Firstly, we provide molecular evidence for polyembryony in three exemplar species, supporting the widely cited inference that polyembryony characterises the entire order...
2017: PloS One
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