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Glossary

Gamete

A reproductive cell, either the male sperm or the female egg.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Embryo adoption in the US: Any lessons for the UK?

06 November 2017 - by Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Steve Lui and Professor Eric Blyth

Once a couple or individual has finished their fertility treatment, the question of what to do with any remaining frozen embryos is often perceived as a difficult decision. There are, broadly, four options to choose from... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]

Human embryos donated for research: a gift that goes on giving

16 October 2017 - by Dr Kay Elder

Successful IVF treatment crucially depends on the culture systems used, which must provide an optimal environment for healthy embryo development. Yet most embryos arrest in culture; human embryo culture has long been based upon research into animal systems... [Read More]

Ireland to offer state-funded IVF

09 October 2017 - by Georgia Everett

For the first time couples in Ireland will be eligible for financial aid for fertility treatments, after the Government signed off new proposals last week... [Read More]

International genetics groups advocate germline CRISPR research

07 August 2017 - by Dr Greg Ball

Research into human germline genome editing should continue, recommends an international group of 11 human genetics organisations... [Read More]

Bristol hospital IVF unit to close

26 June 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

From November 2017, patients will no longer be able to receive IVF at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Southmead Hospital... [Read More]

Dutch woman tracks her sperm donor using DNA bank

05 June 2017 - by Rikita Patel

A donor-conceived Dutch woman, Emi Stikkelman, is the first to find her sperm donor using an American commercial DNA bank... [Read More]

Donor-conceived people do benefit from being told about their conception

30 May 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth, Dr Marilyn Crawshaw, Iolanda Rodino, and Dr Petra Thorn

Professor Guido Pennings' provocatively entitled BioNews commentary 'Donor children do not benefit from being told about their conception' purports to highlight the shortcomings of existing research supporting a pro-disclosure agenda and castigates counsellors and researchers who advocate parental disclosure... [Read More]

Sperm in space produce healthy mouse pups on Earth

30 May 2017 - by Dr Ashley Cartwright

Mouse sperm stored aboard the International Space Station for nine months has been used to produce healthy pups back on Earth... [Read More]

Is there a right to genetic affinity with one's children?

24 April 2017 - by Dr Megan Allyse

Assisted reproduction returned to the international spotlight last month, when Singapore's highest court penalised a fertility centre that had mistakenly fertilised a woman's eggs with the wrong sperm. The woman and her husband sued for compensation equal to the cost of raising the child until the age of 21, claiming that the clinic's negligence had caused them to give birth to the 'wrong' child... [Read More]

Donor anonymity comes to an end in Victoria, Australia

06 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

People conceived using donor eggs or sperm now have a legal right to identifiable information about their biological parents in Victoria, Australia... [Read More]

Neanderthal genes control human gene expression

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater and Ari Haque

Neanderthal DNA is still involved in controlling a range of traits in modern humans... [Read More]

Regulating the donor-conception industry in the US

27 February 2017 - by Wendy Kramer

In the US, the donor-conception industry is largely unregulated, and there is wide variation in egg- and sperm-bank policies and procedures. Problems often arise as a result of lack of consistency around medical testing, health history follow-up, sharing and updating medical information, openness and transparency, and record-keeping and communication... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

Does gamete donation need an overhaul?

07 November 2016 - by Anthony Bagshawe

The closure of the National Sperm Bank is disappointing, but we must now ask how we can change the gamete-donation process to make it easier to attract sufficient numbers of donors... [Read More]

Old drugs: new eggs?

07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey

Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]

Book Review: Regulating Reproductive Donation

03 October 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

This collection of essays from leading lawyers, fertility professionals, social scientists, ethicists, and others documents the experiences of families engaging in assisted conception, adding to the growing body of empirical studies in this area... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial fiasco

28 September 2016 - by César Palacios González

Dr John Zhang's team have opened a new door in terms of reproductive possibilities, but they may very well be instrumental in closing the assisted reproductive door for many people in Mexico... [Read More]

Judge criticises HFEA consent forms

22 August 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A High Court judge has questioned aspects of the consent process for fertility treatment in a ruling in which he made a declaration of parentage in respect of a child born following IVF... [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]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Running for Answers
16 September 2009  Club Med Athenia, Marathon 19007, Attica, Greece
The 7th European Congress on Reproductive Immunology...
Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility Conference
20 August 2009  Taipei International Convention Centre, 1 Hsin Yi Road, Section 5, Taipei 11049, Taiwan
The 7th Conference of the Pacific Rim Society for Fertility and Sterility...


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