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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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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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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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