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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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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]

Reassurance for mothers over mosaic aneuploidy in CVS

03 May 2016 - by Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Although our recent findings on the fate of aneuploid cells in mosaic embryos have indeed been somewhat misrepresented in the press, our findings may still constitute a strand of hope for mothers who have had early test results showing mosaic aneuploidy... [Read More]

Spanish lab creates human sperm precursors from skin cells

03 May 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Spanish scientists say they have created rudimentary sperm-like cells from skin and bone marrow cells taken from adult males... [Read More]

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie

Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]

Identity, disability and the genome

11 April 2016 - by Dr Felicity Boardman

My research on families living with the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy calls into question some of the assumptions underlying the belief that genetic disease is, inherently and by its very definition, a trait to be avoided... [Read More]

Smoking during pregnancy alters fetal DNA

04 April 2016 - by Rachel Brown

A large international study has revealed that smoking during pregnancy may chemically alter the DNA of the developing fetus... [Read More]

HFEA urges vigilance over Zika virus

22 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is recommending that people returning from Zika-virus prone areas should not try to conceive naturally, donate eggs or sperm, or proceed with fertility treatment for 28 days... [Read More]

Woman brings lawsuit for failing to detect carrier status

08 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman is suing healthcare professionals in the USA for failing to detect that she was a carrier of cystic fibrosis... [Read More]

Painkillers during pregnancy reduce fertility of offspring in rats

01 February 2016 - by Fiona Ibanichuka

Scientists have discovered that the use of painkillers during pregnancy in rats may reduce the fertility of their offspring... [Read More]

Prenatal test for Down's syndrome recommended for NHS

18 January 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A new blood test for Down’s syndrome in high-risk women has been recommended for use on the NHS.... [Read More]

The ethics of changing the 14-day rule

21 December 2015 - by Wendy Suffield

At PET's recent conference, Professor Azim Surani claimed that permission to carry out experiments on embryos beyond the 14-day rule could make a huge difference to research. It may be time to review the ethical reasoning behind this time limit... [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]

Aspirin is no wonder drug for fertility

07 December 2015 - by Richard Kennedy

The 'wonder drug' aspirin has proven benefits in cardiac disease and stroke, and it is increasingly thought to have a role in cancer prevention, but its wider use in support of infertility and assisted reproduction is controversial... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Tomcat

16 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

Tomcat is a play set in a future where state-controlled prenatal screening has eradicated all genetic conditions. Nearly all, that is... [Read More]

Womb transplants – is surrogacy safer?

16 November 2015 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. But when compared to the extensive surgeries required for a womb transplant, is surrogacy not the safer option?... [Read More]

Natural killer cells and fertility: unwarranted treatments flourish amid misinformation and poor regulation

09 November 2015 - by Dr Norman Shreeve

In recent years a range of treatments aimed at suppressing uterine natural killer activity have sprung up, but this has no scientific rationale and can have significant and dangerous side effects... [Read More]

Planned Parenthood to stop accepting compensation for fetal tissue

19 October 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

The US reproductive healthcare provider Planned Parenthood has announced it will no longer accept payments for the fetal tissue it makes available for research... [Read More]

Trial of stem-cell therapy in the womb to begin

19 October 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have announced the first clinical trial of stem-cell therapy for fetuses still in the womb, as a treatment for brittle bone disease... [Read More]

Miniature kidneys grown from human skin cells

12 October 2015 - by Rhys Baker

Australian scientists have successfully grown 'mini kidneys' from stem cells derived from skin tissue... [Read More]

Clomiphene outperforms new treatment for unexplained fertility

28 September 2015 - by Arit Udoh

A study shows that treatment of unexplained infertility with the standard treatment clomiphene results in more live births, and a lower risk of multiple births, than a potential new drug letrozole... [Read More]

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