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Glossary

Sperm cell

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



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos

07 August 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists have published their study confirming they are the first to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos using genome editing... [Read More]

US lab may have edited human embryos for first time

31 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists in the US may have successfully used genome editing in human embryos to correct disease mutations, according to a report by MIT Technology Review... [Read More]

Western sperm counts fall by half in past 40 years

31 July 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Sperm counts of men in developed nations have fallen by 52 percent in the last 40 years... [Read More]

Father sues clinic for letting ex get pregnant secretly with frozen embryo

24 July 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A father is suing a London fertility clinic for £1 million after his ex-partner secretly conceived his baby via IVF following their split... [Read More]

Donor children just as healthy as general population

17 July 2017 - by Taqdeer Sidhu

Children conceived from donor sperm have a similar health and wellbeing to the general population, according to a recent study... [Read More]

How Germany's new Sperm Donor Registry Act is internationally progressive

26 June 2017 - by Claudia Brügge and Dr Petra Thorn

The German government has passed a law that will regulate the right of donor-conceived people to access their biological origins... [Read More]

Flushed with success, but we will still need IVF

12 June 2017 - by Stuart Lavery and George Christopoulos

The recent study from Dreyer et al examining the chance of natural pregnancy following hysterosalpingography has provoked a significant amount of interest in the lay press, with suggestions that this well established diagnostic fertility test could be offered therapeutically and be considered as an alternative to IVF... [Read More]

Dutch court rules donor families can test fertility doctor's DNA

05 June 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A court in the Netherlands has ruled that DNA tests can be performed on items belonging to a deceased fertility clinic director accused of using his own sperm for fertility treatments... [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]

Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

30 May 2017 - by Professor David Skuse

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children  question why one child is affected... [Read More]

German Parliament passes the Sperm Donor Registry Act

30 May 2017 - by Dr Lanay Griessner

The German Parliament has passed the Sperm Donor Registry Act, which will allow children born from 2018 onwards to access their donors' information... [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]

Sperm 'radar' sorts the good from the bad

30 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

A giant scanner has been successfully used to sort 'good' sperm from 'bad'... [Read More]

Herbal remedy extracts may stop sperm drilling into eggs

22 May 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

Two plant chemicals used in folk medicines block a key step in fertilisation, and may provide a potential alternative to hormone-based contraceptives... [Read More]

Daily Mail misses the mark on fertility

08 May 2017 - by Professor Adam Balen

Last week the Daily Mail published an undercover investigation into certain aspects of IVF practice in the UK. Whilst this has highlighted some issues, unfortunately the meaning of published statistics has been misinterpreted and certain aspects of the investigation have been given far more weight than is just. Rather than serving the public good, this has the potential to leave vulnerable patients scared and confused.

TV Review: The Good Fight - Henceforth Known as Property

02 May 2017 - by Anthony Ryb

US spin-off legal drama 'The Good Fight' delivers a brief storyline when representing an ovarian cancer survivor whose only chance of genetic connection to a child is by gaining back custody of her previously donated eggs.

Surrogate to keep custody of baby following appeal

10 April 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A decision granting custody of a baby to a surrogate has been upheld by the Court of Appeal... [Read More]

Prohibiting sperm donor anonymity in the US and possible effects on recruitment and compensation

03 April 2017 - by Andrew Hellman and Professor Glenn Cohen

Many children conceived using donor sperm or eggs want to know their biological parents. In the US, some clinics make the identity of the sperm donor available to a donor-conceived child at age 18. Most intending parents, though, choose sperm donation programs that do not reveal the identities of the sperm donors – so-called 'anonymous sperm donation'... [Read More]

Going home and forgetting about it: a different perspective on donors and donor conception

27 March 2017 - by Dr Petra Nordqvist and Hazel Burke

Until twelve years ago, most people donating eggs or sperm via a UK clinic would be anonymous. In the eyes of the law, this donation was a generous gift that was handed over without continuing responsibilities or ties for the donor. In fact, continued involvement of the donor was usually discouraged... [Read More]

Mathematical formula describes how sperm swim

27 March 2017 - by Rachel Reeves

The movement of sperm can be explained by a relatively simple mathematical formula, according to new research... [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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