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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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Painkillers during pregnancy reduce fertility of offspring in rats

01 February 2016 - by Fiona Ibanichuka

Scientists have discovered that the use of painkillers during pregnancy in rats may reduce the fertility of their offspring... [Read More]

UK scientists seek trial of 'mitochondria-boosting' IVF technique

01 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

UK fertility doctors are seeking permission to trial a new IVF treatment that involves transferring additional mitochondria into egg cells before fertilisation... [Read More]

New IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception

25 January 2016 - by Rachel Brown

A new IVF technique has been developed which allows fertilisation to occur in the womb rather than in the laboratory... [Read More]

Genome editing and CRISPR: The science of engineering the embryo

18 January 2016 - by Dr Jess Buxton

We report from the third session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Genome Editing and CRISPR: The Science of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed these new technologies and how they might be used in the future... [Read More]

'Spermbots' could speed up slow sperm

18 January 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Scientists in Germany have created artificially motorised sperm, propelled by microscopic metal helices... [Read More]

UK researchers seek HFEA permission to edit human embryo

18 January 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering a proposal from scientists to genetically edit human embryos... [Read More]

Three-person IVF: What makes mitochondrial donation different?

11 January 2016 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand

We report from the second session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', about the newly legalised process of mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

Event Review: The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2015

21 December 2015 - by Isobel Steer

If you'd like to learn more about epigenetics, or just watch a masterly science presenter at work, look to 2015 Francis Crick Prize winner Professor Rob Klose... [Read More]

Former fertility test underestimated egg reserve by 68 percent

21 December 2015 - by Rachel Brown

An Australian study has found that a popular fertility test, available until 2013, significantly underestimated egg reserves... [Read More]

Two US surrogates carrying triplets refuse abortion demands

21 December 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

Two surrogates in the USA carrying triplets are coming under pressure from the intended parents to abort one of their fetuses... [Read More]

What is the germline?

21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]

Poland to cut state IVF funding

07 December 2015 - by Dr Rosie Morley

The newly elected conservative government in Poland plans to cut state funding for IVF, two years after the scheme was introduced... [Read More]

TV Review: Jodie Marsh is Making Babies

07 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck

This documentary shows that assisted reproduction is a huge and real business. Unfortunately, it does so without asking the necessary critical and ethical questions that would make it genuinely worth watching... [Read More]

'Gene drive' could halt malaria transmission

30 November 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Using 'gene drive' technology, scientists have created mosquitoes with malaria-resistant genes that could spread rapidly into wild mosquito populations, potentially wiping out the disease in some areas... [Read More]

US TV star must remain legal parent to child born via surrogacy

30 November 2015 - by Cait McDonagh

An appeals court in Pennsylvania, USA, has ruled that a woman is to remain the legal parent of a child born through surrogacy, despite separating from her husband before the child was born... [Read More]

Divorced couple's embryos must be destroyed, US judge rules

23 November 2015 - by Julia Hill

A San Francisco judge has ruled that the frozen embryos of a divorced couple should be destroyed, despite the protests of the ex-wife... [Read More]

'Myth busting' report on UK surrogacy calls for legal reform

23 November 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A report calling for reform of surrogacy laws in the UK has revealed that the majority of arrangements are conducted on an altruistic basis and do not take place abroad, contrasting with what it claims are commonly held misconceptions... [Read More]

Restoring fertility after cancer treatment: is hope on the horizon?

23 November 2015 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu

A recent study in mice raised the possibility of restoring ovarian function after chemotherapy. But before creating hype, the medical community has a duty to deliver evidence from human studies... [Read More]

Womb transplants – is surrogacy safer?

16 November 2015 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. But when compared to the extensive surgeries required for a womb transplant, is surrogacy not the safer option?... [Read More]

Call to end US federal funding ban on chimera research

09 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

A group of researchers have called for an overturn of a recent decision by the National Institutes of Health to suspend funding for research on human–animal chimeras... [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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