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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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UK DonorLink: the service users' perspective on its uncertain future

- by Rachel Pepa

On 8 March staff at UK DonorLink were informed that the Government would discontinue the charity's funding as of September this year. They were told that the voluntary contact register service it provides for adults conceived with, or who donated, sperm or eggs before August 1991 would be transferred to the National Gamete Donation Trust by means of a single tender process, meaning it would be combined with the promotion of donor conception.... [Read More]

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]

IVF culture media may influence sex of embryo

23 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

The nutrient-filled liquid used to grow embryos during IVF might affect the resulting male to female birth ratio, a study suggests... [Read More]

Can I be my grandchild's mother?

09 March 2015 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

The Daily Mail recently reported that a 59-year-old woman is seeking to give birth to her own grandchild... [Read More]

Ireland makes moves to ban commercial surrogacy

02 March 2015 - by Sean Byrne

The Irish Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has announced there will be new draft legislation to regulate surrogacy in Ireland – five months after surrogacy provisions proposed in January last year were dropped from a Bill currently before the Oireachtas... [Read More]

British woman in legal bid to use dead daughter's eggs

02 March 2015 - by Ruth Retassie

A British woman is in a legal bid to become pregnant using her deceased daughter's eggs, reports the Daily Mail. The mother, aged 59, said it was her daughter's dying wish before she died of bowel cancer four years ago... [Read More]

Whole-genome sequencing detects de novo mutations in embryos

16 February 2015 - by Nina Chohan

Scientists have shown for the first time that whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in IVF embryos can detect 'de novo' mutations... [Read More]

Mitochondrial DNA donors granted anonymity in draft legislation

12 January 2015 - by Rachel Brown

Regulations to legalise and govern the use of mitochondrial donation techniques have been placed before the UK Parliament.... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne

Surrogacy has always posed serious legal and ethical questions of society, and will continue to do so for a while yet... [Read More]

DVD Review: A Different Story Revisited

01 December 2014 - by Ëlo Luik

An informative and encouraging view into becoming a family through donor conception - the Donor Conception (DC) Network way... [Read More]

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]

Company-sponsored egg freezing: perk or coercion?

27 October 2014 - by Heidi Mertes

Facebook and Apple's recently announced plans make egg-freezing sound like an insurance plan for women wanting to build their careers, but should be viewed as a last resort.... [Read More]

Smoking while pregnant weakens sons' fertility, mouse study suggests

06 October 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Mothers who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding may reduce their sons' future fertility, according to research... [Read More]

Radio Review: Mum and Dad and Mum

22 September 2014 - by Dr Cathy Herbrand

Following a backbench debate in the House of Commons on mitochondrial donation on 1 September, BBC Radio 4 explored some of the issues raised by these high profile techniques aimed at preventing the transmission of mitochondrial disorders... [Read More]

Myth replacement therapy: MPs debate the science of mitochondria

08 September 2014 - by Dr Ted Morrow

The regulatory path to clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement therapy was recently debated in the House of Commons. While scientists are still unsure how genes and genomes cause disease and impact on our physical appearance and personality, there are clearly misconceptions about mitochondrial genetics repeated during the debate that are not supported by current scientific evidence... [Read More]

Swiss and Italian courts move towards parental rights for same-sex couples

01 September 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Judges in two European countries with restrictive laws governing IVF and surrogacy have taken steps towards recognising non-biological parents in same-sex relationships as the legal parents of children born through assisted conception.... [Read More]

Man accused of fathering 12 surrogate babies in Thailand

26 August 2014 - by Jessica Ware

A Japanese businessman may have fathered up to 15 children using Thai surrogates, 12 of whom remain in Thailand.... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Moral Maze - Surrogacy

18 August 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley

'Money can't buy you love but it can certainly buy you parenthood'. Or can it? Should it? And if it should, where and how should it be regulated?... [Read More]

Surrogacy, motherhood and Baby Gammy

11 August 2014 - by Sascha Callaghan and Ainsley Newson

The story of the baby with Down's syndrome 'abandoned' in Thailand, which has dominated the news, illustrates how the international surrogacy industry has been booming... [Read More]

First 'money-back guarantee' IVF scheme launches in UK

11 August 2014 - by Ari Haque

A fertility clinic in Manchester has launched a new scheme that will give a refund to patients who fail to have a baby after undertaking IVF treatment... [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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