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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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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]

RNA findings could diagnose male infertility

13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker

A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Unexplained infertility - inexplicable guidelines

13 July 2015 - by Professor Roy Homburg and Dr Gulam Bahadur

The recommendation in the 2013 NICE guideline to exclude IUI as a treatment option is based on flimsy, and sometimes mistakenly interpreted, evidence... [Read More]

Switzerland votes for PGD

06 July 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

In a national referendum, a majority of Swiss voters have supported allowing preimplantation genetic diagnosis to screen for genetic diseases... [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]

Ectopic pregnancies following assisted reproduction fall by half

22 June 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

The rate of ectopic pregnancies in the UK following assisted reproduction has almost halved in the past 12 years, according to a new analysis... [Read More]

Yorkshire embryologist awarded MBE

22 June 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Rachel Cutting, principal embryologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List... [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]

Book Review: Bioscience, Governance and Politics

01 June 2015 - by Ëlo Luik

John Gillott explores continuity and change in UK science governance and the effect contemporary governance regimes are having on science research... [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]

New pain sensitivity gene identified

01 June 2015 - by Paul Waldron

Scientists studying people who are unable to feel pain have found a gene responsible for this rare condition... [Read More]

US scientists to write CRISPR 'rulebook'

26 May 2015 - by Ceri Durham

Scientists will gather in the USA later this year to produce ethical guidelines on the use of human gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR/Cas9.... [Read More]

Gene editing of human embryos – more ethical questions to answer

11 May 2015 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

The short article by Robin Lovell-Badge entitled 'Editing human embryos' addressing the work of Junjiu Huang and colleagues in China on gene editing in human embryos - such as the use of the CRISPR/Cas9 system - raises a number of ethical questions.... [Read More]

New type of stem cell may help grow organs

11 May 2015 - by Dr Tamara Hirsch

Scientists have identified a new type of stem cell that shows distinct advantages over those discovered to date, and which could potentially be used to grow human organs in animals such as pigs or cows... [Read More]

NIH 'will not fund gene editing of human embryos'

05 May 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

The US National Institutes of Health has issued a firm statement that it will not fund any research involving gene-editing technologies in human embryos... [Read More]

TV star in dispute over frozen embryos

05 May 2015 - by Dr Victoria Burchell

The ex-fiancé of Sofía Vergara, star of TV show Modern Family, is suing her for custody of their frozen embryos... [Read More]

Book Review: From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field

27 April 2015 - by Dr Ross Cloney

The image of eugenics often portrayed in the media is reminiscent of the horrors of the early to middle 20th century. Legions of identical blond-haired, blue-eyed ubermenschen, backed by an authoritarian state with no room for diversity or difference. In 'From Bench to Bedside, to Track and Field: the context of enhancement and its ethical relevance', Silvia Camporesi demolishes that image... [Read More]

Chinese scientists edit genes of human embryos

27 April 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Chinese scientists report the first-ever genetic modification of human embryos using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, confirming rumours that these highly controversial experiments were underway... [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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