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Glossary

Egg cell

A mature female reproductive cell, which contains half the genetic information needed to make a new human. Also known as an oocyte.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Lack of vitamin D linked to lower birth rates after fertility treatment

20 November 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Women who had fertility treatments were a third less likely to deliver a baby if they had low levels of vitamin D, compared with women who sufficient vitamin D, a review study has found... [Read More]

Two couples sue fertility clinic for providing eggs with genetic abnormalities

20 November 2017 - by Nina Chohan

The New York fertility clinic Reproductive Medicine Associates is facing two lawsuits from couples whose children, conceived using donor eggs from the centre, have Fragile X syndrome... [Read More]

Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing

13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]

Red wine improves women's fertility – an example of scientific misrepresentation in the press

06 November 2017 - by Professor Joyce Harper

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference was held last week in San Antonio, USA. Several oral presentations of abstracts made it into the popular press and have added to the confusion and inaccurate information fed to the public... [Read More]

Transferring just one embryo doubles IVF success

06 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Using just one embryo during IVF results in a much higher chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine... [Read More]

TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice

06 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor

As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]

Financial incentives in Australia change doctors' IVF advice

03 November 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Australian bioethicists have expressed concern that the country's assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry has become increasingly motivated by profit, causing a conflict of interest... [Read More]

'Fertility' prediction tests for women do not work

16 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Tests which assess how many eggs a woman has in her ovaries do not accurately predict fertility, finds a new study... [Read More]

No legal father for IVF baby, rules Georgia Supreme Court

16 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A ruling by the Supreme Court in Georgia has stated a child born following IVF has no legal father, potentially setting a precedent for other similar cases in the future... [Read More]

Complaint on Irish IVF clinic's 'misleading' advert upheld

02 October 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A complaint about radio and internet advertisements for a major IVF clinic in Ireland has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland... [Read More]

Genome editing targets beta-thalassemia in human embryos

02 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A genome editing technique called 'base editing' has been used to correct the mutation causing the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassemia in human embryos... [Read More]

The UK courts remain unmoved on commercial surrogacy

02 October 2017 - by Andrew Powell

A recent case is noteworthy not only for clinical negligence lawyers but also those interested in surrogacy and the wider public policy debate in the UK... [Read More]

Older parents pass down more genetic mutations

25 September 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Parents pass on more new genetic mutations to their children with age, and fathers pass on more than mothers, according to a study... [Read More]

Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue

11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg

In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]

Drug protects mice against cancer treatment infertility

11 September 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

An existing drug has been shown to protect eggs from radiation and chemotherapy damage in research carried out in mice... [Read More]

Doubt over human embryo editing study

04 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A group of scientists have challenged the landmark study which reported the first successful editing of human embryos for a genetic disease... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Editing the Embryo - removing harmful gene mutations

04 September 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor

As a scientist working in a fertility clinic, my normal everyday work routine is occasionally punctuated by the ripple effect that occurs when reports of a new groundbreaking reproductive technology enters the public consciousness. I am soon inundated with questions... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement therapies in Mexico and the USA - and the FDA

29 August 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González

Almost a year after the first live birth of a baby following a mitochondrial replacement technique procedure, the US Food and Drug Administration has sent a very strongly-worded letter to the scientist and team responsible for the event... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Bodies, Royal Court Theatre

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

At the opening of the play, couple Clem and Josh have decided to pursue surrogacy after suffering multiple miscarriages. We find out that the egg will come from a Russian donor, be fertilised with Josh's sperm, and then implanted in an Indian surrogate... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
24 April 2010 10am-6pm London, UK
A workshop for lesbians/single women contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
12 April 2010 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
06 March 2010 10am-6pm Manchester, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
16 January 2010 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
21 November 2009 10am-6pm Midlands, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
07 November 2009 10am-6pm London, UK
A workshop for lesbians/single women contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
03 October 2009 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
05 September 2009 10am-6pm Manchester, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Listening to Donors
22 July 2009 5pm-7.30pm The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
A workshop for current, past or prospective sperm, egg or embryo donors...


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