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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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First baby born from frozen ovarian tissue in UK

18 July 2016 - by Rebecca Carr

A cancer patient in Edinburgh has become the first woman in the UK to have a child following a transplant of her frozen ovarian tissue... [Read More]

Matching mitochondrial and nuclear DNA: Much ado about nothing?

18 July 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

A match of mitochondrial and nuclear genomes apparently affects healthy ageing in mice. But key questions need to be answered before stirring up implications for human mitochondrial replacement therapies... [Read More]

A victory for consent – but what about the welfare of the child?

11 July 2016 - by Kriss Fearon

A couple whose daughter died of cancer, leaving frozen eggs in storage, has recently won the right to have their request for export reconsidered by the HFEA. There are a number of troubling features of the case which deserve proper scrutiny... [Read More]

Eggs successfully grown from two-year-old cancer patient

11 July 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

A two-year-old girl has become the youngest person to undergo a new technique that could preserve her fertility after chemotherapy... [Read More]

Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA mismatch may impact ageing

11 July 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

The interaction between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA may have implications for health, metabolism and ageing, according to a new study... [Read More]

Virus linked to unexplained infertility in women

11 July 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A little-known virus has been found in the uteruses of around half of women with unexplained infertility, a study has found... [Read More]

Judge condemns surrogacy 'market' and allows surrogate to keep baby

04 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate has been allowed to keep a baby after refusing to hand the child over to the intended parents after birth... [Read More]

Smoking damages sperm through inflammation

04 July 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A study of smokers has found smoking damages their sperm, including their DNA and mitochondria, by triggering inflammatory processes in their semen... [Read More]

Sperm self-destruction may lie behind maternal mitochondrial inheritance

04 July 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Researchers have identified a gene that, when activated, causes mitochondria inherited from sperm to be destroyed shortly after fertilisation... [Read More]

The posthumous use of sperm - a sorry tale

04 July 2016 - by Emma Nottingham

The case of Samantha Jeffries - a widow who is trying to save the embryos she created with her husband before his death - holds lessons both for fertility clinics and for the HFEA... [Read More]

Video Review: What If My Neighbour's Kid Was Genetically Modified?

04 July 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

Paul Knoepfler's TEDx talk covers familiar ground – designer babies, segregation between 'natural' and GM children, unintended side effects, playing god, and eugenics all feature in his dystopian vision of a future involving genetically modified humans... [Read More]

Woman wins daughter's frozen eggs appeal

04 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman who is seeking to use her deceased daughter's frozen eggs to have a child has successfully appealed a ruling made against her... [Read More]

Can women put motherhood on ice?

27 June 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem

The Progress Educational Trust held its first-ever debate in Scotland – on the subject of egg freezing – which proved a lively topic of debate... [Read More]

Australian documentary accuses IVF clinics of peddling false hope

06 June 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

An Australian documentary has claimed that women over 40 are being misled about their chances of conceiving via IVF treatment when using their own eggs... [Read More]

Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?

06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley

As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]

Controversial Italian fertility specialist denies stealing woman's eggs

23 May 2016 - by Rikita Patel

A controversial Italian fertility doctor has been arrested after being accused of taking a woman's eggs without her consent... [Read More]

Gay couple win custody in Thai surrogacy dispute

16 May 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A same-sex couple have won a custody battle in Thailand against their surrogate after she allegedly refused to allow them to leave the country with their baby because they were not 'an ordinary couple'... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]

Spanish lab creates human sperm precursors from skin cells

03 May 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Spanish scientists say they have created rudimentary sperm-like cells from skin and bone marrow cells taken from adult males... [Read More]

Sperm-binding fake egg could be contraceptive or IVF tool

03 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have created a sperm-binding 'fake egg' that could be used to either select the best sperm for fertility treatment or for contraception... [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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