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Dr Oktay and team discovers why women's eggs age with time

Fertility specialist Kutluk Oktay, M.D., identifies factors that diminish a woman’s ability to repair ovarian eggs

VALHALLA, N.Y., February 13, 2013—A team led by a New York Medical College physician-researcher has discovered the factors that decrease female fertility as a woman ages.

The findings, which were published today in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could lead to new research that could potentially boost a woman’s fertility in her later years.

Led by Kutluk Oktay, M.D., a clinician scientist specializing in preserving the fertility of female cancer patients, a research team examined eggs collected from women aged 24-41 undergoing in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation procedures. The researchers found that as eggs get older, they lose their ability to repair DNA double-strand breaks.

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