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Fertilisation

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



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Mitochondrial donation case study finally published after 13 years

22 August 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

Chinese researchers say an IVF technique called pronuclear transfer can safely produce a viable pregnancy... [Read More]

A victory for consent – but what about the welfare of the child?

11 July 2016 - by Kriss Fearon

A couple whose daughter died of cancer, leaving frozen eggs in storage, has recently won the right to have their request for export reconsidered by the HFEA. There are a number of troubling features of the case which deserve proper scrutiny... [Read More]

Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA mismatch may impact ageing

11 July 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

The interaction between mitochondrial and nuclear DNA may have implications for health, metabolism and ageing, according to a new study... [Read More]

Virus linked to unexplained infertility in women

11 July 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

A little-known virus has been found in the uteruses of around half of women with unexplained infertility, a study has found... [Read More]

Smoking damages sperm through inflammation

04 July 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A study of smokers has found smoking damages their sperm, including their DNA and mitochondria, by triggering inflammatory processes in their semen... [Read More]

Sperm self-destruction may lie behind maternal mitochondrial inheritance

04 July 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Researchers have identified a gene that, when activated, causes mitochondria inherited from sperm to be destroyed shortly after fertilisation... [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]

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]

IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception

25 January 2016 - by Dr 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]

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