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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

Glossary

Fertilisation

The moment when the genetic information from a sperm fuses with that of an egg, to form an embryo.



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Judge urges birth and genetic mothers to settle their custody battle

31 March 2014 - by Ari Haque

The UK's Court of Appeal has urged two women who were in a same sex relationship to reach an agreement over the custody of their five-year-old twins... [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]

Conservative MP says mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children'

17 March 2014 - by Dr Louisa Petchey

The Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Jacob Rees-Mogg, has said that mitochondrial donation will produce 'genetically modified children' with 'three parents', and was 'effectively cloning'... [Read More]

FDA Advisory Committee weighs up mitochondrial replacement

03 March 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

The USA's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering whether to allow human clinical trials of mitochondrial replacement, an IVF technique that uses gametes from three people... [Read More]

How to make a mouse from scratch: a few drops of blood, one pinch of salt, and a drop of vinegar…

03 February 2014 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

This apparent witch's recipe is how a group of Japanese scientists have generated new mice: a remarkable finding that proves that true greatness lies in simplicity... [Read More]

An inconvenient truth: ICSI is not necessary for the majority of IVF patients

11 November 2013 - by Dr Steven Fleming

Despite the views of several IVF experts that intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection is overused in IVF, it continues unabated. So why is nobody listening?... [Read More]

Stem cells grown from adult tissue in live mice

16 September 2013 - by James Brooks

For the first time living tissue in mice has been induced into an embryonic state without any intervening preparation in the lab... [Read More]

Israel: lesbian couple refused surrogacy procedure

27 August 2013 - by Ayesha Ahmad

A court in Israel has rejected a lesbian couple's request to undergo a surrogacy procedure in the country.... [Read More]

Frozen sperm as effective as fresh when taken directly from testicle

12 August 2013 - by Linda Wijlaars

Sperm taken by biopsy from the testicles of men with a certain kinds of infertility can be cryopreserved without reducing the chances of a successful pregnancy... [Read More]

Low-tech, accessible IVF could cost just €200

09 July 2013 - by Siobhan Chan

A new technique using basic equipment to perform IVF could dramatically reduce costs and make the treatment 'universally accessible', say scientists reporting that 12 babies have been born so far from this approach... [Read More]

No or low risk of autism and intellectual disability from IVF

08 July 2013 - by Dr Katie Howe

Children born following IVF have no increased risk of autism but may be at a very small increased risk of intellectual disability, a Swedish study suggests. However, the researchers stress that the overall likelihood of children conceived via IVF having an intellectual impairment remains extremely low... [Read More]

UK Government backs mitochondrial replacement

01 July 2013 - by Dr Rosie Morley

The UK Government is to support the introduction of mitochondrial replacement therapy. The IVF-based procedure could allow women with mitochondrial disease the opportunity to have healthy children, by replacing their own, faulty, mitochondria with healthy mitochondria from a donor.... [Read More]

NHS ordered to fund £6000 private IVF for couple kept waiting

24 June 2013 - by James Heather

The board of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Scotland, has been told to pay for a couple's private fertility treatment and alter their policies after making a 'number of failures' when providing IVF... [Read More]

Irish Government to appeal landmark surrogacy ruling

10 June 2013 - by James Heather

The Irish Government is to appeal a recent court ruling that allowed the genetic mother of twins born to a surrogate to be listed as their legal mother on their birth certificates... [Read More]

Time-lapse embryo imaging boosts IVF success, clinic claims

20 May 2013 - by Emma Stoye

A new technique for monitoring embryo health could increase the chance of IVF couples having a healthy baby, according to researchers at a private fertility clinic... [Read More]

Radio Review: You and Yours - How IVF Became Big Business

20 May 2013 - by Jenny Dunlop

Kate Silverton is well known for reading the news on BBC, so I was interested to listen to her short report on how IVF has become such a big business... [Read More]

Patenting parthenotes: High Court asks if parthenotes are 'human embryos' under the Biotech Directive

29 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The UK's High Court has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to clarify if human parthenotes fall under the definition of a human embryo for the purposes of patentability... [Read More]

Film Review: 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualisation Challenge

29 April 2013 - by Nina Chohan

Visually gripping and engaging new methods are increasingly used to convey scientific principles and developments to the public. The journal Science and the National Science Foundation annually hold an international competition to recognise the best examples of projects that bring scientific information to life.... [Read More]

Turkish donor womb recipient becomes pregnant

15 April 2013 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

One of the first women to receive a womb transplant is pregnant, the treating hospital has disclosed. A spokesperson said that early test results were 'consistent' with signs of pregnancy.... [Read More]

Remembering Robert Edwards, 1925-2013

15 April 2013 - by Professor Martin H Johnson

Robert Geoffrey Edwards, or 'Bob' as his colleagues and friends knew him, is one of the true giants of the 20th century... [Read More]

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