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Scientists said this week that they had made the long-sought discovery of how sperm latches onto an egg in the very first spark of reproduction, the outcome of a near decade-long hunt.

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Nine women who were born without a uterus or lost theirs to cancer have been given relatives' wombs in an attempt to conceive children. Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the head of this groundbreaking new experiment, predicts optimistically that all nine will soon be getting pregnant.

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They've gone and done it, those crafty scientists: As reported by Nature (as in the publication), a team of Japanese researchers has successfully cultivated "fully developed sperm" from "immature mouse testicles." And they're not just showing off.

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Scientists believe that a simple blood test could in the future be able to predict exactly when a woman will start menopause, a development that would be invaluable in helping women make reproductive decisions.

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It may just be an extraordinary guerrilla marketing tactic, but after complaints that the condoms given out by D.C. schools are too small and flimsy and awkward to receive, officials have announced they are stocking up on Trojan brand condoms -- including the super-size Magnum variety in a shiny gold wrapper.

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Fifty years ago on Sunday, U.S. authorities announced the release a contraceptive device for women in the form of a swallowable tablet. The pill, as it has come to be known, has revolutionized sex, as well as given women control over their bodies when it comes to reproductive health.

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