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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018

Glossary

Sperm cell

A mature male reproductive cell, which contains half the genetic information needed to make a new human.



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We need progress in French ART law

19 February 2018 - by Catherine Rongieres

The first law on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was passed in France in 1994 as part of the so-called 'bioethics legislation', which followed other European countries' legislation, such as the UK's 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology act. France's law which placed much tighter constraints on individuals access to ARTs than the UK... [Read More]

Woman uses dead son's sperm for IVF grandchildren

19 February 2018 - by Georgia Everett

A woman in India has used the frozen sperm of her dead son in order to have grandchildren via a surrogate... [Read More]

Human eggs grown in a dish for the first time

12 February 2018 - by Elizabeth Oliver

Researchers have grown fully developed human eggs in the laboratory for the first time... [Read More]

Radio Review: Surrogacy in The Archers

29 January 2018 - by Olivia Montuschi

For some unknown reason rooted in the mists of time I am addicted to The Archers, the not-so-everyday story of country folk that has been running on Radio 4 at 7pm every day except Saturday pretty much for ever... [Read More]

US lesbian couple's parental rights upheld after sperm donor asserts paternity

29 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt

A New York appeal court has ruled that a man who donated sperm to a lesbian couple has no legal right to demand a paternity test for the resulting child... [Read More]

Book Review: Making Friends with your Fertility

15 January 2018 - by Susan Tranfield

The entire landscape of human fertility, from puberty to menopause, is the uncharted territory we tread from adolescence to middle age and sometimes beyond. It is a heady mixture of hormones, reproductive functions and barely acknowledged social and emotional narratives played out against our own and familial expectations... [Read More]

Long-term use of ibuprofen may harm male fertility

15 January 2018 - by Nina Chohan

Men who regularly take the maximum recommended dose of ibuprofen may be at an increased risk of fertility issues... [Read More]

The wild east and the worried west: pioneers or outlaws?

15 January 2018 - by Dr Danielle Griffiths

'The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?’ was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction'... [Read More]

Creating life in the lab: in vitro gametogenesis (IVG) and synthetic human entities with embryo-like features (SHEEFs)

08 January 2018 - by Dr Jess Buxton

What exactly are SHEEFs and IVGs? How might they shed light on the mysteries of early embryo development, and offer new hope to those affected by infertility? These questions were the focus of the second session at Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' in London on 8 December 2017... [Read More]

Event Review: The ethics and regulation of in vitro gametogenesis (IVG)

08 January 2018 - by Sarah Carter-Walshaw

IVG involves the use of stem cells to create sperm and egg cells in vitro, which can then be used to produce embryos. It is a technique that could provide a fertility treatment option for people who currently cannot have their own genetically related children – including infertile individuals or couples, older women, and same-sex couples... [Read More]

German court rules that trans woman cannot be child's mother

08 January 2018 - by Dr Lanay Griessner

Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the a trans woman must be registered as her child's legal father and not its mother.

Sperm 'obstacle course' could improve IVF success

08 January 2018 - by Dr Rachel Brown

An obstacle course has been developed by scientists in the United States which can select the fastest and healthiest sperm to use in assisted reproductive techniques. 

Sperm, eggs and embryos: how do we define them as science offers new possibilities?

18 December 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

The Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' discussed some of the most important ethical and scientific questions facing human reproduction. The first session, chaired by Sarah Norcross, the Director of PET, tackled the very fundamentals. What is a sperm? What is an egg? And what is an embryo?... [Read More]

Surrogacy law reform for single people brings children out of legal limbo

18 December 2017 - by Adem Muzaffer, Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Natalie Gamble

In May 2016, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, declared that certain provisions of UK surrogacy law were incompatible with a father and child’s human rights... [Read More]

US fertility doctor receives no jail time for using his own sperm in clinic

18 December 2017 - by Theofanis Michailidis

A retired fertility doctor who used his own sperm to inseminate patients will not be jailed for his actions... [Read More]

Air pollution linked to poorer sperm quality

27 November 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Men living in areas with higher air pollution are also more likely to have a higher proportion of abnormally shaped sperm... [Read More]

Shared motherhood IVF for lesbian couples is gaining acceptance in the UK

27 November 2017 - by Daniel Bodri, Nick Macklon and Kamal Ahuja

In 2008, parliament voted to scrap the controversial 'need for a father' requirement from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act; a consideration for 'supportive parenting' took its place. Alongside legislation giving rights to civil partnership (2004) and to marriage (2014) to same-sex couples, this provided the basis for a sudden surge in fertility treatment options for single and lesbian women... [Read More]

Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing

13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]

Life after death - a woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

30 October 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth

A public event held on 24 October 2017 at the University of Sheffield by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

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Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
24 April 2010 10am-6pm London, UK
A workshop for lesbians/single women contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
12 April 2010 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
06 March 2010 10am-6pm Manchester, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
16 January 2010 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
21 November 2009 10am-6pm Midlands, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
07 November 2009 10am-6pm London, UK
A workshop for lesbians/single women contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Envisioning the Reproductive Medicine of Tomorrow
17 October 2009  Georgia World Congress Centre, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard Northwest, Atlanta, Georgia 30313-1591, USA
The 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine...
Environment, Lifestyle, Genetic/Epigenetic Factors and Men's Health
10 October 2009  International Conference Hotel of Nanjing, 2 Sifangcheng Zhongshan Lingyuan, Nanjing 210014, Jiangsu Province, China
The 3rd Asia-Pacific Forum on Andrology...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
03 October 2009 10am-4pm London, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
Preparation for Donor Conception Parenthood
05 September 2009 10am-6pm Manchester, UK
A workshop for those contemplating use of egg, sperm or embryo donation or currently having treatment...
A Stroke of Genius
05 August 2009 2.40pm-3.40pm Jack Dome, Pleasance Dome, 1 Bristo Square, Edinburgh EH8 9AL, UK
A play inspired by the the true story of the Repository for Germinal Choice, a sperm bank for Nobel Prize winners...
Listening to Donors
22 July 2009 5pm-7.30pm The Hatton, 51-53 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8HN, UK
A workshop for current, past or prospective sperm, egg or embryo donors...

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