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Successful implantation and early development need a union of healthy genes and an optimal uterine environment. The 48th RCOG Study Group, an international multidisciplinary expert forum, considered factors involved in preparation for implantation within the uterus, what makes a good egg and sperm and hence a good embryo. Lessons from animal models and transgenic and genomic technologies considered. The group looked at sporadic and recurrent early pregnancy loss and discussed new treatment options. Discussion also included single-embryo transfer and the developmental consequences of assisted reproduction technologies. This publication provides a valuable resource for gynaecologists, specialist nurses, embryologists, base scientists and all those with an interest in early pregnancy and development.
Like many a Canadian kid, Stephen Smith was up on skates first thing as a boy, out in the weather chasing a puck and the promise of an NHL career. Back indoors after that didn't quite work out, he turned to the bookshelf. That's where, without entirely meaning to, he ended up reading all the hockey books. There was Crunch and Boom Boom, Slashing! and High Stick; there was Max Bentley: Hockey's Dipsy-Doodle Dandy, Blue Line Murder, and Nagano, a Czech hockey opera. There was Blood on the Ice, Cracked Ice, Fire On Ice, Power On Ice, Cowboy On Ice, and Steel On Ice.In Puckstruck, Smith chronicles his wide-eyed and sometimes wincing wander through hockey's literature, language, and culture, weighing its excitement and unbridled joy against its costs and vexing brutality. In exploring his own lifelong love of the game, hoping to surprise some sense out of it, he sifts hockey's narratives in search of hockey's heart, what it means and why it should distress us even as we celebrate its glories. On a journey to discover what the game might have to say about who we are as Canadians, he seeks to answer some of its essential riddles.
Stephen Smith explores the life and history of London from an unusual angle: underneath. He begins with the rivers that run under the capital and ends in the system of tunnels beneath the Thames Barrier.