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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.



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Lack of vitamin D linked to lower birth rates after fertility treatment

20 November 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Women who had fertility treatments were a third less likely to deliver a baby if they had low levels of vitamin D, compared with women who sufficient vitamin D, a review study has found... [Read More]

Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing

13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]

Embryo adoption in the US: Any lessons for the UK?

06 November 2017 - by Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Steve Lui and Professor Eric Blyth

Once a couple or individual has finished their fertility treatment, the question of what to do with any remaining frozen embryos is often perceived as a difficult decision. There are, broadly, four options to choose from... [Read More]

Transferring just one embryo doubles IVF success

06 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Using just one embryo during IVF results in a much higher chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine... [Read More]

US surrogate fights for own genetic baby

06 November 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A US surrogate has been united with her genetic child who she carried alongside the intended parents' embryo in an apparent case of superfetation... 

Event Review: Manchester Science Festival - Reproduction 2.0

30 October 2017 - by Laura O'Donovan

Almost forty years have passed since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown – the first IVF baby – launched a revolution in reproductive medicine resulting in over 250,000 births in the UK alone... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]

Human embryos donated for research: a gift that goes on giving

16 October 2017 - by Dr Kay Elder

Successful IVF treatment crucially depends on the culture systems used, which must provide an optimal environment for healthy embryo development. Yet most embryos arrest in culture; human embryo culture has long been based upon research into animal systems... [Read More]

Most versatile stem cells yet created

16 October 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists have created the most versatile stem cells to date, which could boost research into the reasons behind failed early pregnancies... [Read More]

Father loses claim against clinic after ex forged IVF consent

09 October 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A man has lost his claim for damages against a London IVF clinic for failing to obtain his consent for the use of embryos created with his former partner... [Read More]

Ireland to offer state-funded IVF

09 October 2017 - by Georgia Everett

For the first time couples in Ireland will be eligible for financial aid for fertility treatments, after the Government signed off new proposals last week... [Read More]

Gene linked to schizophrenia is key in early brain development

02 October 2017 - by Charlott Repschlager

A gene associated with schizophrenia influences a critical stage of early brain development in mice... [Read More]

Genome editing targets beta-thalassemia in human embryos

02 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A genome editing technique called 'base editing' has been used to correct the mutation causing the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassemia in human embryos... [Read More]

How should we discuss genome editing in public?

02 October 2017 - by Sandy Starr

What do patients and laypeople think and know about genome editing and its implications? What are the best ways for experts and others to discuss genome editing in public, so as to improve public understanding and avoid confusion? The Progress Educational Trust has set out to answer these questions, with its 'Basic Understanding of Genome Editing' project.... [Read More]

Call for Australia to allow mitochondrial donation techniques

25 September 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe

A campaign has been launched in Australia to overturn laws preventing couples from accessing mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

First genome editing of human embryos by UK scientists

25 September 2017 - by Paul Waldron

UK scientists have successfully edited the genome of human embryos to study the role of a gene key to the earliest stages of development... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

Book Review: Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers

11 September 2017 - by Isobel Steer

Is using and destroying a human embryo for medical research ethical? This question is constantly considered in our newspapers, courtrooms and research labs. You almost certainly have an opinion on it... [Read More]

Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue

11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg

In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

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Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD
13 September 2016 6pm (registration), 6.30pm-8.30pm (discussion) Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
The Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event about testing and screening human embryos is taking place TOMORROW EVENING - book NOW. The event will be chaired by Dr Sue Avery, with speakers including Dr Tony Gordon, Dr Christine Patch, James Lawford Davies and Professor Michael Parker...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Running for Answers
16 September 2009  Club Med Athenia, Marathon 19007, Attica, Greece
The 7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology...

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CROSSING FRONTIERS

Public Conference
London
8 December 2017

Speakers include

Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

Sandy Starr


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