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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]

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]

HFEA: More than 1,600 fertility clinic mistakes in three years

14 July 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

Hundreds of adverse events occur in UK fertility clinics each year, according to a report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... [Read More]

Mice born using lab-grown sperm from frozen testicles

07 July 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Healthy mice have been born using sperm grown in the lab from a sample of cryopreserved testicular tissue... [Read More]

High blood pressure and pre-eclampsia risk raised in egg-donation pregnancies

07 July 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem

Using donated eggs in IVF increases the risk of complications, according to a study of 580 IVF patients in France.

France to recognise children born via surrogates abroad

07 July 2014 - by James Brooks

France will no longer deny citizenship to children born via surrogates to French parents overseas, Minister for Families Laurence Rossignol confirmed, after a decision at the European Court of Human Rights... [Read More]

Radio Review: Thinking Allowed - 'New' Biological Relatives and Kinship

30 June 2014 - by Ari Haque

Surprisingly, the theme of kinship is not explored in detail during this show. Instead, the speakers skirt around the topic and set the scene without going any further... [Read More]

Older mothers live longer, says study

30 June 2014 - by David O'Rourke

A recent study has shown that mothers who have children at the age of 33 or after are twice as likely to live longer than women who stop childbearing by the age of 29.... [Read More]

Book Review: Letters to My Donor

17 June 2014 - by Kate Brian

Produced by the National Gamete Donation Trust, 'Letters to my donor' is a collection of letters from parents who have undergone or who are undergoing IVF using donor sperm or eggs to their gamete donor... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report

09 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]

Choose your poison: tobacco, alcohol don't harm sperm; cannabis does

09 June 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Cannabis use affects thesize and shape of sperm, according to a large study on lifestyle choices, environmental factors and semen quality... [Read More]

Strength in numbers: sperm swim upstream 'in a shoal'

02 June 2014 - by Molly Godfrey

Sperm cells swim very efficiently when moving upstream against a current and may cooperate whilst doing so, scientists have observed.... [Read More]

Do genes matter? Families under the microscope

02 June 2014 - by Petra Nordqvist

How do genes and genetic relationships actually matter in the messy and complex world of everyday life? The event 'Do genes matter? Donor conception and family life' discussed genetic connections and family life from the legal, sociological and scientific points of view... [Read More]

46-year-old becomes oldest IVF mother to use own eggs

02 June 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman from Orlando, USA, has become the oldest woman on record to give birth following IVF using her own, fresh eggs.... [Read More]

'Humanised' lungs for transplant patients to be grown in pigs

12 May 2014 - by Claire Downes

The shortage of transplantable lungs available for people with end-stage lung disease is being addressed in a new project led by genome scientist Dr Craig Venter... [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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