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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

Glossary

Fetus

The unborn offspring of a mammal. In humans, this stage of development lasts from nine weeks after fertilisation until birth.



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Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison

A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

NHS to offer non-invasive prenatal testing to pregnant women

07 November 2016 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A more accurate and safer prenatal test for Down's, Edward's and Patau's syndromes is to be offered by the NHS from 2018, it has been announced... [Read More]

Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells

24 October 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells... [Read More]

Genetic basis of schizophrenia unfolds

24 October 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Scientists using a new 3D chromosome-mapping technique have uncovered a genetic connection between schizophrenia and early fetal brain development ... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Primitive Streak

24 October 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

In this podcast, Radiolab presenter Molly Webster explores the origins of the 14-day rule – the internationally agreed two-week time constraint on growing embryos in a lab... [Read More]

Should prenatal DNA testing for Down's syndrome be available online?

24 October 2016 - by Craig Macpherson

Several online companies now offer non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome. While there are some protections for consumers, they are currently insufficient... [Read More]

Event Review: The ethics of uterus transplantation

17 October 2016 - by Dr Nicola Williams

This symposium was organised to facilitate in-depth discussion as well as international and interdisciplinary collaboration between academics and clinicians with an interest in uterus transplantation (UTx), which would allow women who lack a functioning uterus to become pregnant and give birth to their own babies... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation technique used in Ukraine, doctors claim

17 October 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in the Ukraine are pregnant with babies conceived through mitochondrial donation as a treatment for infertility, according to a report in New Scientist... [Read More]

Down's syndrome: NIPT in the bud?

03 October 2016 - by Victoria Woodham

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing in the NHS screening programme for pregnant women may seem like a no-brainer, but it is based on outdated ideas of what life is like for people with Down's syndrome and their families... [Read More]

TV Review: My Amazing Twin

05 September 2016 - by Isobel Steer

My Amazing Twin offers a thought-provoking look at both the scientific and the personal side of type 1 neurofibromatosis... [Read More]

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]

Zika can remain in semen for six months

22 August 2016 - by Arit Udoh

The Zika virus has been detected in the semen of a man six months after the onset of infection... [Read More]

Chemotherapy during pregnancy could affect daughters' fertility

15 August 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

A study has shown that the chemotherapy drug etoposide can affect the development of fetal ovarian tissue in mice... [Read More]

NIPT or not to NIPT – is that really the question?

15 August 2016 - by Jane Fisher and Professor Lyn Chitty

A central tenet of prenatal testing is to promote reproductive autonomy by providing women with information that can assist in pregnancy management. Bringing NIPT into the NHS will improve an established screening programme... [Read More]

Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons

18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]

Judge condemns surrogacy 'market' and allows surrogate to keep baby

04 July 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A surrogate has been allowed to keep a baby after refusing to hand the child over to the intended parents after birth... [Read More]

US Supreme Court blocks review of Sequenom patent appeal

04 July 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal by the biotech company Sequenom against a ruling that its prenatal blood test was not patent eligible... [Read More]

Can women put motherhood on ice?

27 June 2016 - by Dr Lucy Freem

The Progress Educational Trust held its first-ever debate in Scotland – on the subject of egg freezing – which proved a lively topic of debate... [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]

74 genes linked to education level, but effect is minimal

16 May 2016 - by Sophie Perry and James Brooks

One of the largest-ever genetics studies in the social sciences has found 74 genetic variants that are associated with the amount of time an individual spends in education... [Read More]

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