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October 16, 1989 | From Times staff and wire reports
Most couples trying to conceive through artificial insemination probably should give up if the technique has failed after six attempts, researchers said last week. A study involving 50 women who underwent in vitro fertilization or IVF at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston found that it was highly unusual for a successful pregnancy to occur after the sixth try.
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SCIENCE
September 24, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
What's cuter than a panda cub? Fourteen cubs sharing an oversized crib at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China. Researchers wearing blue surgical gowns, hairnets and face masks presented the furry cubs to the world Tuesday as they gave an update on the recent panda baby boom. A total of 20 cubs were born to pandas from the research base between July 10 and Aug. 30, according to Huang Xiangming, chief of the animal management division there. Seventeen of those cubs are still alive, Huang told the China Daily newspaper.
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NEWS
August 10, 1988 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
More than 172,000 women resorted to artificial insemination last year to try to become pregnant, a research arm of Congress reported Tuesday in a new study that raises concerns about the potential transmission of infectious and hereditary diseases through the practice. The findings by the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment indicate that artificial insemination is far more widespread than experts had thought.
OPINION
April 19, 2013
Re "Scalia's poison pen," Opinion, April 14 Bigoted as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's views on homosexuality seem, he makes a valid legal point by intimating that equal protection claims asserted to support gay marriage similarly support incestuous unions. Both gay and incestuous couples long were excluded from marriage because of biological considerations. Gays couldn't reproduce, and incestuous couples couldn't do so without a high risk of birth defects. That all changed with the advent of artificial insemination, surrogate pregnancy and other alternative conception techniques.
NEWS
March 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
The experts at Six Flags Marine World don't know if the baby will be a boy or a girl--but they do know it will be big. Tests have confirmed that Tika, a 23-year-old African elephant, is pregnant, the amusement park said Friday. And park officials say the biggest news is how Tika got pregnant. "This is an exciting day for us," said David Blasko, the park's director of animal operations and its elephant training supervisor for more than two decades. "A pregnant elephant is big news by itself.
NEWS
January 17, 1996 | From Associated Press
Washington's top school official disclosed Tuesday that she contracted AIDS during artificial insemination, but she insisted that she would "remain a fighter" and is still considering a run for Congress. Judith Billings said she received infected donor sperm in the 1980s while trying to become pregnant. Her husband, Don, is not infected. "As I contemplate the future, the seriousness of my health cannot be downplayed," Billings told a news conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2001 | From Associated Press
The experts at Six Flags Marine World don't know if the baby will be a boy or a girl--but they do know it will be big. Tests have confirmed that Tika, a 23-year-old African elephant, is pregnant, the amusement park said Friday. And park officials say the biggest news is how Tika got pregnant. "This is an exciting day for us," said David Blasko, the park's director of animal operations and its elephant training supervisor for more than two decades. "A pregnant elephant is big news by itself.
NEWS
March 3, 1987 | ALLAN PARACHINI, Times Staff Writer
Men whose sperm is to be used in artificial insemination should be screened as rigorously as blood donors because of increasingly recognized risks of a variety of sexually transmitted diseases, from hepatitis to AIDS, two prominent experts contend.
NEWS
April 20, 1990 | From Associated Press
The wife of a hemophiliac with AIDS became infected with the deadly virus after undergoing artificial insemination in an effort to conceive a child, officials say. The national Centers for Disease Control said fertility specialists had attempted to remove the virus from the husband's sperm through separation and filtration, but the woman tested positive for the virus in January after inseminations last August, October and December. She did not get pregnant.
NEWS
March 22, 1987 | ITABARI NJERI
"Every month, when she had her period, it was like having a death in the family," the husband said. What people seem to forget in the controversy over surrogate mothers, the couple said, is the pain they suffer. Anne Marie and Phillip (they asked that their last names not be used) were married in 1981 and immediately began trying to have children. After a year without success, she went to a gynecologist. The doctor did a postcoital test.
NATIONAL
March 30, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
They closely monitored her hormone levels, watched her behavior to make sure the time was right and set up a quiet night with a mate. But it didn't do the trick. So on Saturday, the Smithsonian's National Zoo performed an artificial insemination on giant panda Mei Xiang. There is only a short window of opportunity for a giant panda to breed, so scientists at the National Zoo have been trying to make the most of it. When putting Mei Xiang and male Tian Tian together overnight didn't result in breeding, the scientists decided to  inseminate Mei Xiang with sperm collected from Tian Tian.
NEWS
February 4, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Craggy grizzled faces shot in black and white. Paul Harvey extolling the old-fashioned virtues of hard work and self-reliance that so exemplifies the way we see ourselves. What's not to like about the Dodge farmers commercial that aired during the Super Bowl? Well, plenty, actually. And many thanks to the brilliant Rachel Laudan for analyzing them so nicely. In her essay --  "God Made a Farmer. Oh Really? " --  Laudan argues that though that commercial made us all feel really good, it actually does farming a disservice by repeating images stuck in the past.
OPINION
March 22, 2012
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case titled Astrue vs. Capato, but a better name for it might be "In re: Brave New World. " Karen Capato, who conceived twins through artificial insemination after their biological father died, asked the justices to overrule the Social Security Administration and hold that the children are entitled to survivor benefits. As JusticeSamuel A. Alito Jr.pointed out, the authors of the Social Security Act "never had any inkling about the situation that has arisen in this case.
SCIENCE
November 4, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Australian scientists on Monday unveiled three baby koalas produced with new artificial insemination technology designed to ensure the species' survival. The breeding techniques involve mixing sperm with a solution that prolongs its shelf life. About 25 koalas have been produced by artificial insemination with a success rate approaching that of natural mating.
WORLD
June 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel's Supreme Court ruled that the assassin of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin should be allowed to father children through artificial insemination. Yigal Amir and his wife had petitioned the court for the right to bear children. Amir, serving a life sentence without parole for the 1995 assassination, married Larissa Trimbobler by proxy in 2004; the prison service does not allow them conjugal visits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2005 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A state appeals court ruled Friday that two fertility doctors had the right to refuse to artificially inseminate a lesbian based on her marital status because it would have violated their religious beliefs. The ruling reversed a lower court decision that Drs. Christine Brody and Douglas Fenton could not use religion as a defense against a lawsuit filed by Guadalupe T. Benitez, 33.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 1994 | LESLIE BERKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mary Orsak has a warning for women who try to have a baby through artificial insemination: Be certain that the donor of the semen is tested for the AIDS virus. She says that others may be as unsuspecting as she was 10 years ago when she went to a fertility clinic in Los Angeles in hope of having a child.
OPINION
March 22, 2012
The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case titled Astrue vs. Capato, but a better name for it might be "In re: Brave New World. " Karen Capato, who conceived twins through artificial insemination after their biological father died, asked the justices to overrule the Social Security Administration and hold that the children are entitled to survivor benefits. As JusticeSamuel A. Alito Jr.pointed out, the authors of the Social Security Act "never had any inkling about the situation that has arisen in this case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports.
Veterinarians at SeaWorld have, for the first time, produced two bottlenose dolphins by using once-frozen sperm to artificially inseminate their mothers. Officials at the theme park announced Thursday that the two calves, one male and one female, had been born in May to bottlenose dolphins who had been impregnated with sperm from a dolphin used by the U.S. Navy. Previously, bottlenose dolphins have been bred through artificial insemination with fresh semen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2003
A state appellate court ruled Tuesday that a woman has the right to sue her doctor for refusing to help her conceive a child through artificial insemination. Lupita Benitez, a lesbian, plans to proceed with her civil rights suit against the doctor, who said it was against her Christian beliefs to help a homosexual become pregnant. The 4th District Court of Appeal overturned the trial court, which originally dismissed Benitez's lawsuit against Christine Z. Brody and her medical group.
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