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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

Glossary

Embryo

A stage of development which, in humans, lasts for eight weeks after the fertilised egg first starts to divide.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Proposal to ban embryo research 'misguided', says scientific community

14 April 2014 - by Ari Haque

Several organisations within the scientific community have condemned a recent proposal brought to the European Parliament that seeks to ban funding for embryo research... [Read More]

Italian court lifts ban on donated sperm and eggs in fertility treatment

14 April 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Italy's constitutional court has lifted a ban on the use of donor sperm and eggs for assisted conception, saying it was 'unconstitutional'... [Read More]

Relative Risk: Breast Cancer and Genetics

07 April 2014 - by Matthew Thomas

At the launch of their 'Breast Cancer: Chances, Choices and Genetics' project, a panel of experts and a lively audience grappled with the difficult topic of cancer genetics... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Life Scientific - Professor Veronica van Heyningen

07 April 2014 - by Amy Reed

In this week's episode of The Life Scientific, presenter (and physicist) Professor Jim Al-Khalili interviews the recently retired geneticist and discoverer of the PAX6 gene, Professor Veronica van Heyningen.... [Read More]

Judge urges birth and genetic mothers to settle their custody battle

31 March 2014 - by Ari Haque

The UK's Court of Appeal has urged two women who were in a same sex relationship to reach an agreement over the custody of their five-year-old twins... [Read More]

Embryonic stem cell production breakthrough achieved in mice

31 March 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A technique to generate mouse embryonic stem cells could, if repeated in human cells, improve access to stem cells by using fertilised eggs that would previously have been discarded... [Read More]

Is mitochondrial donation 'genetic engineering'?

24 March 2014 - by Professor Janna Thompson

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg recently implied that mitochondrial transfer is akin to eugenics, but it is a way of combating debilitating ailments rather than producing 'perfect' human beings... [Read More]

Event Review: Bonking Baby Boomers and the Future of Sex

24 March 2014 - by Dr Lucy Freem

The annual Society for Reproduction and Fertility's 'Sex in 3 Cities' lecture series was given this year by John Aitken, Laureate professor of biological sciences at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, with the title 'Bonking baby boomers and the future of sex'.... [Read More]

Conservative MP says mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children'

17 March 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

The Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children' with 'three parents', and was 'effectively cloning'... [Read More]

Ethics around womb transplantation

10 March 2014 - by Dr Kevin Grimes

Ethics is about communication, and this is true when looking back on our ethical discussion of womb transplantation... [Read More]

Embryo transfer for four women after womb transplants

10 March 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Four women who had womb transplants have had embryos transferred in an attempt to become pregnant... [Read More]

Mitochondrial transfer and three-person IVF: What's in a name?

24 February 2014 - by Dr Roger Sturmey

The description of mitochondrial transfer as 'three-person IVF' may conjure up some unnerving perceptions of the consequences, and may be met in the public arena with discomfort, but it's worth considering the fundamental aspects of this approach... [Read More]

IVF births hit record high in USA

24 February 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

More than 61,000 babies born in the USA in 2012 were conceived via IVF - hitting a record high, a report shows... [Read More]

Womb 'entrance exam' determines whether embryos implant

17 February 2014 - by Shanya Sivakumaran

An 'entrance exam' set by the cells that line the womb can determine whether or not human embryos are able to implant into the womb's lining, according to researchers... [Read More]

Pregnancy hope for womb transplant patient

03 February 2014 - by Barbara Czub

A womb transplant recipient is set to become pregnant after doctors successfully transferred an embryo into the transplanted uterus. If the embryo embeds and the pregnancy is successful, the baby will become the first child born following a womb transplant.... [Read More]

Medical experts question wisdom of expanding IVF access

03 February 2014 - by Chris Hardy

Fertility experts have warned that IVF is overused and is too often recommended to couples who may not need it... [Read More]

How to make a mouse from scratch: a few drops of blood, one pinch of salt, and a drop of vinegar…

03 February 2014 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

This apparent witch's recipe is how a group of Japanese scientists have generated new mice: a remarkable finding that proves that true greatness lies in simplicity... [Read More]

Changing perceptions, changing lives: commissioning fertility services in the age of austerity

03 February 2014 - by Mark Johnson

In 2011, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Infertility found that over 70 percent of NHS Primary Care Trusts were not providing the recommended three full cycles of IVF to eligible couples. Three years later, there has been a very real and very disappointing lack of progress... [Read More]

Acid bath converts blood cells to stem cells

03 February 2014 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Stem cells have been created from mouse blood cells using a simple and quick method described as 'remarkable' by experts... [Read More]

We are not afraid

27 January 2014 - by Sarah Norcross

PET is delighted to receive a testimonial from John Harris, professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

 

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Medical Frontiers: Debating Mitochondria Replacement - Open Authority Meeting
20 March 2013 10am-5pm Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
A meeting at which the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will discuss the outcome of its recent consultation... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
12 September 2012  Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
21 March 2012 1pm-4.50pm Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
19 October 2011 10am-4pm Inmarsat Conference Centre, 99 City Road, London EC1Y 1AX, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
13 July 2011  Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London. SE1 9DD, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
23 March 2011 1pm-3.15pm Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
08 September 2010 11am-3pm Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London. SE1 9DD, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
07 July 2010 10.30am-3.30pm 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London SE1 9DD, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [Read More]
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]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
24 March 2010  Dexter House, 2 Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4QN, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [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]
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Open Meeting
09 December 2009  Newcastle, UK
An opportunity to see firsthand how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority makes decisions... [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]
Running for Answers
16 September 2009  Club Med Athenia, Marathon 19007, Attica, Greece
The 7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology... [Read More]
Reproductive Medicine: Causes and Treatment of Infertility
10 September 2009  Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
An event addressing current issues and latest developments in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive biology... [Read More]

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