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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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FDA reprimands US doctor trying to commercialise MRT

14 August 2017 - by Georgia Everett

The Food and Drug Administration has warned a US fertility doctor to stop marketing mitochondrial replacement therapy (MRT) – a technique involving the creation of an embryo with DNA from three people.

Israel court postpones judgment on 'discriminatory' surrogacy law

07 August 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An Israeli Supreme Court justice has criticised the country's laws on surrogacy as 'apparently discriminatory', while postponing a long-awaited ruling on a surrogacy petition pending draft legislation...

Men, delayed childbearing and age-related fertility decline

07 August 2017 - by Caroline Law

While media reports regularly remind us of women's biological clocks and warn of the dangers of women leaving it 'too late' to have children, until recently little attention has been paid to the role of men in timing when to have children, and the effect of age on male fertility... [Read More]

Multiple rounds of IVF increase chance of success

31 July 2017 - by Annabel Slater

IVF success rates increase with multiple rounds... [Read More]

US lab may have edited human embryos for first time

31 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists in the US may have successfully used genome editing in human embryos to correct disease mutations, according to a report by MIT Technology Review... [Read More]

Pig breeding study may help human IVF success

24 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

US scientists have dramatically improved the in vitro maturation of pig egg cells, offering the possibility that similar successes could be achieved in humans... [Read More]

Study suggests freezing ovarian tissue instead of eggs

17 July 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Freezing ovarian tissue may provide a viable option for women who want to preserve their fertility, according to a recent study... [Read More]

How Germany's new Sperm Donor Registry Act is internationally progressive

26 June 2017 - by Claudia Brügge and Dr Petra Thorn

The German government has passed a law that will regulate the right of donor-conceived people to access their biological origins... [Read More]

Controversial doctor to use MRT technique for over 40s fertility

19 June 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The fertility doctor who led the team which produced the world's first baby through mitochondrial replacement therapy is now looking to use the same technique in a commercial venture... [Read More]

Event Review: Exploring the sociology of mitochondrial donation

12 June 2017 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand and Dr Rebecca Dimond

The UK's first symposium to discuss the sociology of mitochondrial disorders and novel reproductive technologies took place on 5 May 2017 in London. The event aimed to develop sociological thought around mitochondrial donation, based on invited contributions from social scientists who have conducted empirical research... [Read More]

China plans embryonic stem cell trials for Parkinson's and blindness

05 June 2017 - by Emma Lamb

Two teams of doctors in China are to administer embryonic stem cell therapy from fertilised human embryos to treat different degenerative diseases... [Read More]

Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

30 May 2017 - by Professor David Skuse

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children  question why one child is affected... [Read More]

100-year-old method to flush fallopian tubes may cut need for IVF

22 May 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Flushing the fallopian tubes of infertile women with poppyseed oil increases their chances of conceiving, according to a new study... [Read More]

Book Review: Telling and Talking about Donor Conception with People Aged 17 and Over - A Guide for Parents

22 May 2017 - by Susan Tranfield

Olivia Montuschi's revised 'Telling and Talking' booklet aims to guide parents of donor conceived children aged 17 or over through the delicate process of disclosure... [Read More]

Herbal remedy extracts may stop sperm drilling into eggs

22 May 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

Two plant chemicals used in folk medicines block a key step in fertilisation, and may provide a potential alternative to hormone-based contraceptives... [Read More]

Synthetic 3D-printed ovaries help infertile mice have pups

22 May 2017 - by Anna Leida

Fully functional 3D-printed ovaries have been successfully implanted in mice for the first time - enabling them to have offspring... [Read More]

Walking on eggshells? The morally complex practice of egg sharing

15 May 2017 - by Dr Nicky Hudson

BioNews recently reported on the Daily Mail investigation of a so-called 'cash for eggs' scandal which suggested women on low incomes are induced to provide eggs for use in the fertility treatment of others. The coverage, which prompting swift responses from the field, may shock some readers... [Read More]

Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility

08 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen

Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused.

HFEA to investigate claims of poor practice in UK fertility sector

08 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The UK's fertility regulator, the HFEA, says it will be investigating a series of allegations concerning the fertility industry made by the Daily Mail newspaper last week... [Read More]

Autism linked to grandmothers' smoking

02 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A higher likelihood of autism spectrum disorder and autistic traits have been linked to maternal grandmothers smoking while pregnant... [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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