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N&H TOPLINE: Cows offer clues to improving fertility in women

Grant to examine fertility treatments in women by studying effect of hormones on ovulation in cows. ALSO: Genetic fitness of swine.

A Michigan State University researcher has received a $1.65 million grant that looks to bring a better understanding about fertility treatments in women by studying the effect of hormones on ovulation and reproduction in cows.

“Cattle are a useful model because they have a relatively long reproductive cycle similar to women and they ovulate a single egg at the end of each cycle,” said James Ireland, a professor of reproductive physiology. “Plus, a cow with a smaller

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