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Glossary

Fertilisation

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



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Sunscreens may interfere with sperm function

11 April 2016 - by Arit Udoh

The ultraviolet-filtering ingredients in sunscreen products interfere with the normal function of human sperm when applied to a sperm-containing solution in the lab... [Read More]

Lab-made sperm used to breed healthy mice

29 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists in China have used stem cells to create rudimentary sperm that successfully fertilised mouse eggs to produce healthy offspring... [Read More]

Mother wanting to use deceased daughter's eggs gets permission to appeal

29 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman who is in a legal bid to use her deceased daughter's eggs has been given permission to take her case to the Court of Appeal... [Read More]

Genetically identical twins born with different eye and skin colour

28 February 2016 - by Hannah Somers

Two baby girls from County Durham are thought to be the first genetically identical twins in the UK to be born with different eye and skin colour... [Read More]

Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies

22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [Read More]

Twin birth rate on the rise due to assisted conception

15 February 2016 - by Dr Victoria Burchell

The combination of increased use of fertility treatments and rising maternal age has caused a doubling in the rate of twin births in developed countries over the last 40 years... [Read More]

UK scientists seek trial of 'mitochondria-boosting' IVF technique

01 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

UK fertility doctors are seeking permission to trial a new IVF treatment that involves transferring additional mitochondria into egg cells before fertilisation... [Read More]

New IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception

25 January 2016 - by Rachel Brown

A new IVF technique has been developed which allows fertilisation to occur in the womb rather than in the laboratory... [Read More]

UK researchers seek HFEA permission to edit human embryo

18 January 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering a proposal from scientists to genetically edit human embryos... [Read More]

Event Review: The Francis Crick Prize Lecture 2015

21 December 2015 - by Isobel Steer

If you'd like to learn more about epigenetics, or just watch a masterly science presenter at work, look to 2015 Francis Crick Prize winner Professor Rob Klose... [Read More]

Two US surrogates carrying triplets refuse abortion demands

21 December 2015 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Two surrogates in the USA carrying triplets are coming under pressure from the intended parents to abort one of their fetuses... [Read More]

What is the germline?

21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]

'Gene drive' could halt malaria transmission

30 November 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Using 'gene drive' technology, scientists have created mosquitoes with malaria-resistant genes that could spread rapidly into wild mosquito populations, potentially wiping out the disease in some areas... [Read More]

Restoring fertility after cancer treatment: is hope on the horizon?

23 November 2015 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu

A recent study in mice raised the possibility of restoring ovarian function after chemotherapy. But before creating hype, the medical community has a duty to deliver evidence from human studies... [Read More]

Court orders contact between girls and sperm donor

19 October 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low

A UK High Court judge has ordered that the biological father of a teenage girl can maintain indirect contact with her, despite her opposition... [Read More]

HFEA releases 2014 incidents report

21 September 2015 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has released its second annual report into adverse incidents at fertility clinics in the UK, showing a slight reduction in the overall number of reported problems following fertility treatment... [Read More]

Sperm cells attach to eggs with tiny 'harpoons'

07 September 2015 - by Chris Baldacci

Scientists have discovered that a protein in the head of sperm cells forms spiky filaments, which could act as tiny 'harpoons' that anchor the sperm to an egg... [Read More]

Donor IVF less successful with frozen eggs

17 August 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

Using frozen donated eggs over fresh ones for IVF hampers the odds of a successful live birth, a study has found... [Read More]

Radio Review: Rewinding the Menopause

10 August 2015 - by Barbara Czub

In this Radio 4 programme, Dr Aarathi Prasad investigates new research that is overturning decades-old assumptions about how human eggs are produced and what causes the menopause... [Read More]

Japan allows egg donation from strangers

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]

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