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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis: The Who, the What, the Why and the How

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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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]

Americans becoming open to human genome editing

21 August 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A new survey suggests that Americans are becoming more accepting of the use of genome editing in humans, and there is strong support for more public involvement in discussions on the technology... [Read More]

Female is not 'default sex' of embryos

21 August 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A protein that controls removal of male reproductive tissue in female mice embryos has been discovered... 

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 – a technique involving the creation of an embryo with DNA from three people... [Read More]

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]

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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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