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Infertility Researchers Identify One Gene's Critical Role In The Human Embryo Implantation Process

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October 19, 2005
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Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
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Why some embryos successfully attach to the endometrium and others do not continues to be a mystery because little is known about the molecular mechanisms involved in the human implantation process. Now, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have investigated one gene's critical role in this process, thereby bringing them a step closer to finding methods to help the more than 6.1 million women in the United States who suffer from infertility.

LOS ANGELES ( Embargoed Until Monday, Oct. 17, 2005 at Noon EDT) - In spite of advances in assisted reproductive technologies, more than 6.1 million women in the United States - roughly 20 percent of all women of reproductive age - suffer from infertility. In order to improve infertility treatments, researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California at Los Angeles recently conducted a study of the molecular mechanism involved in the human implantation process, specifically targeting the role of one gene in the success of an embryo to implant itself in the endometrium, the inner lining of the uterus. The study is being presented at the Conjoint Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society Oct. 15-19, 2005, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


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