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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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Book Review: Donor Conception for Life - Psychoanalytic Reflections on New Ways of Conceiving the Family

01 September 2015 - by Berenice Golding

Drawing upon professional and personal perspectives, this book renders visible some of the hidden issues that prevail when donor conception is used to build a family... [Read More]

Egg freezing - the ultimate freedom?

24 August 2015 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu

How easy is to tell a 25-year-old that she has no eggs and that she may never have a family using her own oocytes... [Read More]

Do women have a right to freeze their eggs?

17 August 2015 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

From a Western perspective, China may seem excessively restrictive in preventing citizens from paying for egg freezing services but we have failed to use the democratic space we have to negotiate state policies in reproduction... [Read More]

Donor IVF less successful with frozen eggs

17 August 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

Using frozen donated eggs over fresh ones for IVF hampers the odds of a successful live birth, a study has found... [Read More]

Chinese egg-freezing ban criticised

10 August 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

The ban on single women freezing their eggs in China has been heavily criticised on social media after a Chinese actress revealed that she had travelled to the USA in 2013 to have her eggs cryopreserved... [Read More]

Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause

10 August 2015 - by Barbara Czub

In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]

Young cancer patients 'unaware of fertility options'

10 August 2015 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Adolescents or young adults with cancer may not be aware of available options to preserve their fertility, according to a study published in the journal Cancer... [Read More]

Japan allows egg donation from strangers

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]

Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?

27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

Paternal age bioethics: have we missed the point?

13 July 2015 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva

Kevin Smith should be applauded for raising awareness of men's biological clocks, but his proposal to 'genetically improve' the human population through sperm banking seems preposterous... [Read More]

Victoria to consider retrospectively lifting donor anonymity

06 July 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

The Australian state of Victoria has revealed plans to extend rules removing donor anonymity to allow all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their sperm or egg donor, irrespective of the donor's consent or when they donated... [Read More]

Poland passes IVF law

29 June 2015 - by Rachel Brown

Poland's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that, for the first time, provides statutory regulation of IVF in the country... [Read More]

US court grants woman right to disputed frozen embryos

29 June 2015 - by Julia Hill

An Illinois appeals court has reaffirmed a decision to grant a woman 'custody and control' of frozen embryos created with the sperm of her ex-boyfriend, despite his objections... [Read More]

ESHRE 2015: Research highlights

22 June 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

A roundup of research stories from ESHRE 2015 that hit the headlines this week... [Read More]

Baby born from ovarian tissue frozen during childhood

15 June 2015 - by Julia Hill

A woman who has received a transplant of ovarian tissue stored when she was a child has given birth. It is believed to be the first time ovarian tissue taken from young girl has led to a successful pregnancy... [Read More]

Switzerland, inter-country surrogacy and public policy

08 June 2015 - by Michael Wells-Greco

On 21 May 2015 the Swiss Federal Court refused to register a male couple - who are in a civil partnership and living in Saint-Gallen, Switzerland - as the legal fathers of a child born following an inter-country surrogacy arrangement... [Read More]

Traces of past events written in our genes

08 June 2015 - by Julia Hill

Scientists have discovered that changes to DNA which occur during a person’s lifetime can be passed on to future generations... [Read More]

German grandmother, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

01 June 2015 - by Ana Ilic

A grandmother of seven has become the oldest woman to give birth to quadruplets, at the age of 65... [Read More]

German grandmother, 65, pregnant with quadruplets

20 April 2015 - by Jessica Ware

A 65-year-old German woman is set to become the world's oldest mother of quadruplets... [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]

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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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