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Miodrag Stojkovic, PhD
Darren Griffin, PhD, DSc, FRSA, FRSB, FRCPath
About This Topic
Reproductive health is a value for the community. Unfortunately, both female and male infertility is increasing in our societies and part of this is due to genetic factors. This leads to an increasing demand for access to reproductive counseling and assisted reproductive treatment (ART). In addition, as an important part of reproductive medicine, reproductive genetics focuses on reproductive options for couples with increased risks of transmitting genetic abnormalities and diseases. These include preimplantation genetic diagnosis and prenatal diagnosis.
Furthermore, reproductive genetics involves the more basic analysis of gametogenesis and the resulting oocytes, sperm cells, embryos and other reproductive tissues of mammalian and non-mammalian origin, including embryonic stem cells.
In this special issue of OBM Genetics we summarize the present knowledge and prospects of reproductive genetics through scientific and clinical activities with the aim to highlight key factors involved in early development and reproduction. With worldwide leaders in this rapidly increasing field, the special issue presents detailed picture of how reproductive genetics influences and assists biology of gametes and embryos, endometrial receptivity, fertility, ART and reproductive health. For sure, the issue is an essential guideline to understand basic mechanisms and improve medical treatments.