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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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Widow takes fight over frozen embryos to High Court

27 June 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The widow of a Falklands veteran is going to the High Court in an attempt to stop the couple's frozen embryos from being destroyed... [Read More]

Pig-human organs: policing the moral boundaries

20 June 2016 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

The recent of creation of pig embryos with human DNA blurs the boundaries between animals and ourselves, giving us a chance to consider whether our moral categories are correct... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation is safe, study suggests

13 June 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

An extensive study examining human embryos created using mitochondrial donation has demonstrated that the technique does not adversely affect embryo development... [Read More]

US lab attempting to grow pig embryos with human pancreases

13 June 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Scientists have used CRISPR to create part-pig, part-human embryos in an attempt to grow human organs for transplant... [Read More]

Dutch government seeks to allow creation of human embryos for research

06 June 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

The Dutch government is planning to change the law to allow for the creation of human embryos for research... [Read More]

Radio Review: Dangerous Visions - Brave New World

06 June 2016 - by Susan Tranfield

The latest episode in Radio 4's Dangerous Visions series is a new adaptation of Aldhous Huxley's iconic dystopian novel, set just 100 years in the future... [Read More]

Shock! Horror! Or business as usual?

06 June 2016 - by Professor Susan Bewley

As a long-time obstetric ringside observer, it seems to me that unnecessary and expensive treatments are de rigeur in the fertility industry, something that's haunted the field for decades... [Read More]

Controversial Italian fertility specialist denies stealing woman's eggs

23 May 2016 - by Rikita Patel

A controversial Italian fertility doctor has been arrested after being accused of taking a woman's eggs without her consent... [Read More]

The 14-day rule for human embryonic research in the UK

23 May 2016 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

Prohibiting what is useless and legalising what becomes useful in embryonic research without any in-depth ethical consideration may be pragmatic, but such an approach is ultimately just as irrational and meaningless as the concept of the human embryo's 'special status'... [Read More]

Culturing a human embryo for 14 days – what have we learned?

16 May 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill

Species-specific differences in terms of developmental timing and molecular expression patterns have restricted our true understanding of early human development... [Read More]

Protein may help embryos stick to uterus

16 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have identified a protein that may help developing embryos stick to the uterus... [Read More]

Stem cell scientists issue new guidelines to cover embryo editing

16 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

An international body representing stem cell scientists has included human genome editing in its updated guidance on the manipulation of stem cells and their use in therapy... [Read More]

Film Review: Future Baby

09 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go?

Human embryos grown in lab for 13 days – longest time ever

09 May 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists from the UK and US have grown human embryos in the lab for 13 days after fertilisation – the longest ever recorded. This is beyond the stage when embryos would normally implant in the womb, but just before the 14-day legal limit in the UK... [Read More]

IVF: the next generation – first UK baby born after DNA screening technique

09 May 2016 - by James Brooks

The UK's first baby resulting from an embryo that was screened using next-generation DNA sequencing has been born in Oxford... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]

Reassurance for mothers over mosaic aneuploidy in CVS

03 May 2016 - by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Although our recent findings on the fate of aneuploid cells in mosaic embryos have indeed been somewhat misrepresented in the press, our findings may still constitute a strand of hope for mothers who have had early test results showing mosaic aneuploidy... [Read More]

Spanish lab creates human sperm precursors from skin cells

03 May 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Spanish scientists say they have created rudimentary sperm-like cells from skin and bone marrow cells taken from adult males... [Read More]

The final frontier - mouse embryos grown in space

25 April 2016 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Chinese scientists have successfully grown mouse embryos in space, the first reported development of mammalian embryos in space history... [Read More]

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie

Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [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...
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...
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...

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