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Glossary

Fertilisation

The fusion of male and female gametes to form a zygote.



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]

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]

Scientists produce sperm inside fish ovaries

15 June 2015 - by Dr Lucy Freem

Knocking out a single gene in adult female fish causes them to produce sperm inside their ovaries, study results show... [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]

ICSI no more effective than IVF

26 January 2015 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A US study has found that despite increased use of ICSI over recent years, the technique is not associated with any improved reproductive outcomes over conventional IVF... [Read More]

Known-donation contact case: Children's lives 'irredeemably marred' by dispute, says judge

10 November 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

A six-year legal battle for contact over two girls conceived via known-donor fertilisation has had a 'destructive effect' on the girls' childhood, a High Court judge has warned in his third substantive judgment in the case.... [Read More]

Twelve healthy babies born following 'safer' IVF hormone treatment

28 July 2014 - by Purvi Shah

Twelve healthy babies have been born after trials of a hormone treatment called kisspeptin-54 that has been hailed as a safer way to mature women's eggs prior to IVF... [Read More]

UK Government plans to legalise mitochondrial replacement for IVF

28 July 2014 - by Rachel Brown

The UK Government has announced that regulations around the use of mitochondrial replacement techniques will be presented to Parliament in the next few months... [Read More]

Event Review: The Ethics of Mitochondrial Replacement Therapy

21 July 2014 - by Professor Vardit Ravitsky, Dr John Appleby, Professor Stephen Wilkinson, Dr Anthony Wrigley and Dr Annelien Bredenoord

Ethical dimensions of the emerging technology of mitochondrial replacement were the focus of a symposium that took place on 25 June at the 12th World Congress of Bioethics in Mexico City.... [Read More]

Mice born using lab-grown sperm from frozen testicles

07 July 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Healthy mice have been born using sperm grown in the lab from a sample of cryopreserved testicular tissue... [Read More]

Choose your poison: tobacco, alcohol don't harm sperm; cannabis does

09 June 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Cannabis use affects thesize and shape of sperm, according to a large study on lifestyle choices, environmental factors and semen quality... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement likely to be safe but more research needed, says report

09 June 2014 - by Alice Plein

Two experimental IVF techniques that could prevent certain types of incurable genetic disease are 'not unsafe', a report from the UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has found.... [Read More]

Insulin-producing cells created by cloning

06 May 2014 - by Dr Gabrielle Samuel

Researchers have transformed embryonic stem cells from a diabetic woman into insulin-producing beta cells, a study in Nature reports... [Read More]

Stuck on you: sperm-to-egg-binding protein discovered

28 April 2014 - by Rachel Brown

A protein that allows eggs and sperm to fuse together has been identified by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge... [Read More]

Trauma can be passed down through sperm

28 April 2014 - by Dr Victoria Burchell

Stress in early life can alter the production of small sections of the genetic material RNA in the sperm of mice, affecting behaviour not only in the mice themselves but also in their offspring, research suggests... [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]

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