Subscribe to the BioNews newsletter for free

Login
Advanced Search

Search for
BioNews

Like the Progress Educational Trust on Facebook



Glossary

Fetus

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



Articles using this Glossary Item

 1/17      

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]

CRISPR boosts cheap Zika test

16 May 2016 - by Sarah Gregory

Researchers have developed a quick and cheap 'paper-based' test that uses CRISPR to detect the Zika virus... [Read More]

Protein may help embryos stick to uterus

16 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have identified a protein that may help developing embryos stick to the uterus... [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]

 1/17      


Events using this Glossary Item

No Events for this area at the moment.


Published by the Progress Educational Trust
PROGRESS EDUCATIONAL TRUST SURVEY
Please respond HERE and help shape our future
RETHINKING THE ETHICS OF EMBRYO RESEARCH
Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Public Conference
London
7 December 2016

Speakers include

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Dr Kathy Niakan

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut

Lord George Carey

Baroness Mary Warnock

Dr Simon Fishel

Professor Bruce Whitelaw

Professor Sarah Franklin

Professor David Jones

Professor Stephen Wilkinson

BOOK HERE

Good Fundraising Code
 
Become a Friend of PET HERE and give the Progress Educational Trust a regular donation