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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.



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HFEA grants first UK licence to carry out mitochondrial donation

20 March 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre have been granted the first UK licence to use mitochondrial replacement therapy as a fertility treatment to prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial disease... [Read More]

Creating something out of nothing

13 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross

Last week saw an exciting breakthrough in embryology, as stem cells from an adult mouse were used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [Read More]

First genome editing of normal human embryos

13 March 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Chinese scientists have successfully used genome editing to correct mutations in viable human embryos for the first time... [Read More]

Donor anonymity comes to an end in Victoria, Australia

06 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

People conceived using donor eggs or sperm now have a legal right to identifiable information about their biological parents in Victoria, Australia... [Read More]

Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US

27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer

In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]

Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Shift work and manual labour lower women's fertility

13 February 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Women who have physically demanding jobs or non-daytime working hours may experience decreased fertility, according to a study... [Read More]

Twins but legal strangers: paradoxical but could we have expected more?

13 February 2017 - by Dr Alice Margaria

It is not the first time that a court has been called to rule on the recognition of family ties established between a male couple and their twins born from surrogacy abroad. But the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal of Milan has attracted particular interest because of its absurd consequences... [Read More]

Wirral reduces access to IVF

13 February 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The Wirral CCG has announced that it is cutting the provision of NHS-funded IVF cycles from three to two, in an attempt to reduce its financial deficit... [Read More]

Radio Review: Revisiting the 14-Day Rule

30 January 2017 - by Sarah Gregory

Matthew Hill covers the 30-year history of the 14-day rule on human embryo research, bringing the topic right up to the present day and the current debate on extending the rule... [Read More]

What's so special about the status of the embryo?

30 January 2017 - by Dr Jess Buxton

The fifth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' covered a range of perspectives on the status of the human embryo... [Read More]

Genome editing: CRISPR at the cutting edge

23 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The fourth session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' delved into the new genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9 and what it means for embryo research... [Read More]

Infertile couple have baby using mitochondrial donation

23 January 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A baby has been born in the Ukraine following the use of an experimental IVF procedure known as mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

Stem cells reprogrammed to resemble fertilised eggs

23 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have successfully turned stem cells into 'totipotent' cells, with characteristics resembling those of fertilised eggs... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation

16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck

A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]

IVF culture medium can double the chance of success

09 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The type of culture media used in IVF can more than double the chance of producing healthy embryos and significantly affect chances of successful conception... [Read More]

Sperm mix-up involving 26 women at Dutch IVF clinic

09 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A Dutch IVF clinic is currently under investigation after it came to light that dozens of its patients might have been fertilised by the wrong sperm – half of whom are pregnant or have already given birth... [Read More]

The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research

09 January 2017 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly

The second session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', looked at new embryo images that have potential to challenge the 14-day rule and discussed the potential benefits of extending the rule beyond the existing time limit... [Read More]

UK approves mitochondrial donation babies

19 December 2016 - by Annabel Slater

The UK has become first country in the world to formally approve the creation of IVF embryos through mitochondrial donation... [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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