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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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First scans from baby brain project released

15 May 2017 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

The first batch of baby brain scans was released last week by a landmark UK project to map how the human brain develops in unprecedented detail... [Read More]

Artificial womb sustains premature lambs

02 May 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Researchers have kept premature lambs alive for several weeks using a 'biobag' designed to mimic the conditions of a womb... [Read More]

HFEA grants first UK licence to carry out mitochondrial donation

20 March 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Doctors at Newcastle Fertility Centre have been granted the first UK licence to use mitochondrial replacement therapy as a fertility treatment to prevent the inheritance of mitochondrial disease... [Read More]

Video Review: The God Cells – A Fetal Stem Cell Journey

20 March 2017 - by Caroline Casey

The story of fetal-derived stem cells is explored in this documentary, from the ethics of how they're sourced and the clinical benefits some say they offer, to the barriers to licencing and their wider use... [Read More]

The craftsmanship of mimicking embryogenesis in a dish

13 March 2017 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

The regulatory mechanisms governing organ development are, in general, poorly defined. To recreate the complex processes involved in organ growth and maturation, scientists have started fiddling with three-dimensional (3D) cell culture... [Read More]

Artificial mouse embryo created out of stem cells

06 March 2017 - by Anna Leida

Stem cells from an adult mouse have been used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [Read More]

Ethics report on non-invasive prenatal testing raises questions of its own

06 March 2017 - by Nick Meade

The Nuffield Council of Bioethics' new report on non-invasive prenatal testing is unnecessarily negative and encroaches on women's reproductive choices... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics – Testing, testing

06 March 2017 - by Matthew Thomas

Dr Kat Arney leads a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of genetic testing – from testing for cancer genes to whether your child's DNA can predict their future sporting ability... [Read More]

Use of prenatal tests 'must be limited', say bioethicists

06 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has called for a ban on using early prenatal testing to find out the sex or sequence the whole genome of the fetus... [Read More]

Zika shrinks mice testicles and lowers fertility

27 February 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

The Zika virus reduces the size of testes in infected mice up to 21 days after infection, according to a recent study... [Read More]

Should the 14-day limit on human embryo research be extended?

09 January 2017 - by Baroness Mary Warnock

As the Progress Educational Trust's Patron, Baroness Mary Warnock, is made a Companion of Honour in the New Year Honours List 2017, she offers her thoughts on whether the 14-day limit on human embryo research (which she originally proposed in 1984) should be extended... [Read More]

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 

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]

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