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The Journal of Reproduction and Development (JRD) is an international, peer-reviewed Open Access publication, and the official journal of the Society for Reproduction and Development. In six issues per year, JRD publishes basic studies of reproductive biology in vertebrates, including gametogenesis, early embryonic development, placenta development, implantation, reproductive endocrine function and reproductive organ development. JRD also welcomes applied and clinical studies that contribute to the control of reproduction in wild, domestic and laboratory animals, and to the development of new technology to address issues in the field of reproduction. Human clinical case reports are not published by the journal.

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The on-gel culture system enables bovine blastocysts to complete cell segregation events at day (D) 10 following in vitro culture [Left panel: Epiblast marker SOX2 (Yellow), Primitive endoderm marker SOX17 (Magenta), DNA marker Hoechst (Cyan)]. This study demonstrated full-term development of D10 mature blastocysts produced using an on-gel culture system (Saito et al. Generation of viable calves derived from developmentally mature blastocysts produced by on-gel culture, pp. 330–334). This confirms that the on-gel culture system recapitulates preimplantation development to D10 and that the in vitro production of D10 blastocysts for cattle production is feasible. Two calves derived from on-gel–cultured embryos were vaginally born. Birth and placental weight were normal for both calves, and no obvious morphological abnormalities were evident. As of August 30, 2022, the calves are still alive and healthy (Right panel). The ability of the on-gel culture system to recapitulate bovine preimplantation development until D10 could contribute to studies on efficient animal production and preimplantation development in cattle.

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  • Impact factor 2.215 (July 2022)
  • Most cited article published in 2018-2019
      Mancozeb impairs the ultrastructure of mouse granulosa cells in a dose-dependent manner. Palmerini MG et al., vol 64, 75-82 (2018).
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  • JRD Outstanding Paper Award in 2021 Congratulations!
    • Reestablishment of transzonal projections and growth of bovine oocytes in vitro. Fushii et al., vol. 67(5): 300–306 (2021).
    • Oocyte-specific gene knockdown by intronic artificial microRNAs driven by Zp3 transcription in mice. Sasaki et al., vol. 67(3): 229–234 (2021).
    • Maintenance of mouse trophoblast stem cells in KSR-based medium allows conventional 3D culture. Sun et al., 67(3): 197–205 (2021).
    • Differentially methylated CpG sites related to fertility in Japanese Black bull spermatozoa: epigenetic biomarker candidates to predict sire conception rate. Takeda et al., 67(2): 99–107 (2021).
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