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Glossary

Sperm cell

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



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Widow takes fight over frozen embryos to High Court

27 June 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The widow of a Falklands veteran is going to the High Court in an attempt to stop the couple's frozen embryos from being destroyed... [Read More]

How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [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]

Sperm-binding fake egg could be contraceptive or IVF tool

03 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have created a sperm-binding 'fake egg' that could be used to either select the best sperm for fertility treatment or for contraception... [Read More]

Woman sues US sperm bank again for sperm mix-up

03 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman is suing a sperm bank in the USA for the second time, alleging that it provided sperm from the wrong donor... [Read More]

Donor lied about mental illness and criminal history, say US sperm bank clients

18 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Three families are suing a US sperm bank and its Canadian distributor for allegedly misleading them about the health and criminal history of their sperm donor... [Read More]

Sunscreens may interfere with sperm function

11 April 2016 - by Arit Udoh

The ultraviolet-filtering ingredients in sunscreen products interfere with the normal function of human sperm when applied to a sperm-containing solution in the lab... [Read More]

Girl childhood cancer survivors less likely than boys to become infertile

04 April 2016 - by Isobel Steer

A large study has confirmed that modern chemotherapy regimes for childhood cancers can adversely affect both male and female fertility... [Read More]

Book Review: Katherine Carlyle

21 March 2016 - by Amy Reed

Rupert Thomson's beautiful and powerful writing rests on a flimsy plot about a woman's journey from frozen embryo to lost adult... [Read More]

Research finds sperm's 'on' switch

21 March 2016 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

Researchers have discovered a receptor on the cell membrane of sperm that is vital for their activation... [Read More]

Clinic offers sperm donors free IVF for a friend

14 March 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

An IVF clinic in the UK has announced that it will offer sperm donors the chance to nominate a friend or family member for free IVF treatment.... [Read More]

Disrespectful and immoral: retrospective legislation on donor anonymity

14 March 2016 - by Professor Guido Pennings

The State Legislature of Victoria has decided unilaterally to break their agreements with the sperm donors who donated before 1998 and will reveal their identity. It is difficult to imagine a measure that shows more disrespect for both donors and recipients... [Read More]

Growing sperm in the lab: an embryonic science

07 March 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

A recent announcement that scientists had created functioning spermatozoids from mouse embryonic stem cells in the lab made quite a splash in the media. However, one key point seemed to be overlooked... [Read More]

All donor-conceived people in Victoria now have the right to donor information

29 February 2016 - by Professor Sonia Allan and Damian Adams

The state parliament of Victoria in Australia has passed legislation that will enable all donor-conceived people to receive identifying information about their sperm, oocyte, or embryo donor(s). The model adopted is a world first in its application to donor conception... [Read More]

Do mobile phones 'cook' sperm?

29 February 2016 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Certain aspects of mobile phone usage may be linked to abnormal sperm concentration, according to research... [Read More]

Lab-made sperm used to breed healthy mice

29 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists in China have used stem cells to create rudimentary sperm that successfully fertilised mouse eggs to produce healthy offspring... [Read More]

New law in Australian state ends donor anonymity

29 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

The Australian state of Victoria has passed a bill allowing all people conceived through egg or sperm donation to apply for identifying information about their biological parents... [Read More]

TV Review: Inside Out - Looking for a Baby Online    

29 February 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This programme looks at the 'darker side of sperm donation', outside the regulated world of fertility clinics, where some seedy business is taking place... [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]

Scientist warns of 'timebomb' of health problems for IVF babies

22 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

The use of IVF technologies could be storing up future health problems for children born through the technique, according to an evolutionary biologist... [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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