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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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Ethical principles and the HFEA's donation review

- by Professor Stephen Wilkinson

At a public meeting on 19 October, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) decided to move to a 'flat rate' system of monetary compensation for egg donors. The HFEA also decided to leave the regulations governing egg sharing substantially unchanged. Critics have already raised concerns about the quality of the discussion at the meeting, I want to look at a quite different issue: the use made by the HFEA of the idea of 'ethical principles'... [Read More]

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]

Company-sponsored egg freezing: perk or coercion?

27 October 2014 - by Heidi Mertes

Facebook and Apple's recently announced plans make egg-freezing sound like an insurance plan for women wanting to build their careers, but should be viewed as a last resort.... [Read More]

Smoking while pregnant weakens sons' fertility, mouse study suggests

06 October 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Mothers who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding may reduce their sons' future fertility, according to research... [Read More]

Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum

22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand

Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]

Myth replacement therapy: MPs debate the science of mitochondria

08 September 2014 - by Dr Ted Morrow

The regulatory path to clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy was recently debated in the House of Commons. While scientists are still unsure how genes and genomes cause disease and impact on our physical appearance and personality, there are clearly misconceptions about mitochondrial genetics repeated during the debate that are not supported by current scientific evidence... [Read More]

Swiss and Italian courts move towards parental rights for same-sex couples

01 September 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Judges in two European countries with restrictive laws governing IVF and surrogacy have taken steps towards recognising non-biological parents in same-sex relationships as the legal parents of children born through assisted conception.... [Read More]

Man accused of fathering 12 surrogate babies in Thailand

26 August 2014 - by Jessica Ware

A Japanese businessman may have fathered up to 15 children using Thai surrogates, 12 of whom remain in Thailand.... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Moral Maze - Surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley

'Money can't buy you love but it can certainly buy you parenthood'. Or can it? Should it? And if it should, where and how should it be regulated?... [Read More]

Surrogacy, motherhood and Baby Gammy

11 August 2014 - by Sascha Callaghan and Ainsley Newson

The story of the baby with Down's syndrome 'abandoned' in Thailand, which has dominated the news, illustrates how the international surrogacy industry has been booming... [Read More]

First 'money-back guarantee' IVF scheme launches in UK

11 August 2014 - by Ari Haque

A fertility clinic in Manchester has launched a new scheme that will give a refund to patients who fail to have a baby after undertaking IVF treatment... [Read More]

Government is misleading public about mitochondrial donation, claim scientists

04 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

The UK Government has been accused of deliberately misleading the public in order to win approval over its plans to implement mitochondrial replacement techniques in IVF... [Read More]

Brüstle in the Dock: ISCC v Comptroller General of Patents, Opinion of AG Cruz Villalón

04 August 2014 - by Julian Hitchcock

As BioNews 763 reported recently, Advocate General Cruz Villalón has advised the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) that human parthenotes are not human embryos. The fact that he had to do so raises serious concerns about the ability of Europe's leading court to interpret bioethical legislation and challenges the authority of one of its most notorious cases.... [Read More]

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Rachel Brown

The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months... [Read More]

Twelve healthy babies born following 'safer' IVF hormone treatment

28 July 2014 - by Purvi Shah

Twelve healthy babies have been born after trials of a hormone treatment called kisspeptin-54 that has been hailed as a safer way to mature women's eggs prior to IVF... [Read More]

Film Review: Breeders - A Subclass Of Women?

28 July 2014 - by Alice Plein

‘Breeders- A subclass of women?‘ provides both thought-provoking and uncomfortable moments but ultimately fails to convince as an anti-surrogacy polemic... [Read More]

Gene mutation makes worms immune to alcohol

21 July 2014 - by Fiona Ibanichuka

Genetically mutated worms, unable to become intoxicated by alcohol, have been created by neuroscientists... [Read More]

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord

Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]

Advocate General paves the way for 'stem cell patents'

21 July 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An advisor to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has said that certain stem cells derived from unfertilised human eggs that have undergone parthenogenesis should not be excluded from patentability.... [Read More]

The world we live in: Spinning multiple plates at once

14 July 2014 - by Dr Ruth Shidlo

Today women are creating families later in life, yet the workplace may offer little support for those who wish to become mothers. Life can become a juggling act between finding a compatible mate and becoming a parent, while maintaining workplace commitments and furthering a career... [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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]


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