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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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Radio Review: The New Viking Invasion

14 July 2014 - by Olivia Montuschi

Danish sperm accounts for a third of the sperm imported into the UK. But does it matter that so many children are being created with 'Viking' sperm?... [Read More]

HFEA: More than 1,600 fertility clinic mistakes in three years

14 July 2014 - by Chee Hoe Low

Hundreds of adverse events occur in UK fertility clinics each year, according to a report from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority... [Read More]

Mice born using lab-grown sperm from frozen testicles

07 July 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Healthy mice have been born using sperm grown in the lab from a sample of cryopreserved testicular tissue... [Read More]

France to recognise children born via surrogates abroad

07 July 2014 - by James Brooks

France will no longer deny citizenship to children born via surrogates to French parents overseas, Minister for Families Laurence Rossignol confirmed, after a decision at the European Court of Human Rights... [Read More]

Age of sperm donors does not affect IVF success

30 June 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

The age of sperm donors has no impact on the chances of having a baby via IVF and donor insemination, a study has found... [Read More]

The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth...?

23 June 2014 - by Professor Sheena Lewis

Over the past couple of weeks we've been hit with news reports about cannabis being bad for sperm (but tobacco and alcohol not having much effect) and mobile phones also being potentially damaging. Here, I want to look at the strengths, weaknesses and implications of the papers behind the headlines... [Read More]

Book Review: Letters to My Donor

17 June 2014 - by Kate Brian

Produced by the National Gamete Donation Trust, 'Letters to my donor' is a collection of letters from parents who have undergone or who are undergoing IVF using donor sperm or eggs to their gamete donor... [Read More]

Mobile phones linked to small drop in sperm quality

16 June 2014 - by Rachel Brown

Keeping mobile phones in pockets can affect two important measures of sperm health, a study suggests... [Read More]

Choose your poison: tobacco, alcohol don't harm sperm; cannabis does

09 June 2014 - by Barbara Czub

Cannabis use affects thesize and shape of sperm, according to a large study on lifestyle choices, environmental factors and semen quality... [Read More]

Strength in numbers: sperm swim upstream 'in a shoal'

02 June 2014 - by Molly Godfrey

Sperm cells swim very efficiently when moving upstream against a current and may cooperate whilst doing so, scientists have observed.... [Read More]

Do genes matter? Families under the microscope

02 June 2014 - by Petra Nordqvist

How do genes and genetic relationships actually matter in the messy and complex world of everyday life? The event 'Do genes matter? Donor conception and family life' discussed genetic connections and family life from the legal, sociological and scientific points of view... [Read More]

46-year-old becomes oldest IVF mother to use own eggs

02 June 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman from Orlando, USA, has become the oldest woman on record to give birth following IVF using her own, fresh eggs.... [Read More]

High cholesterol linked to poor fertility

28 May 2014 - by Nina Chohan

Cholesterol levels may affect how long it takes to conceive, reports a study that followed couples for one year... [Read More]

Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception

28 May 2014 - by Cait McDonagh

Since 1991, more than 35,000 children have been born in the UK as a result of donor conception, and our knowledge of genetics has increased substantially during that time. The event 'Do Genes Matter? Families and Donor Conception' set out to ask whether our understanding of family has changed too... [Read More]

Chicago: Woman awarded 'custody' of frozen embryos despite ex-boyfriend's objections

28 May 2014 - by Patricia Cassidy

An Illinois county court has granted a woman control over embryos created with her ex-boyfriend's sperm, despite his objection to their use.... [Read More]

Chemicals in soap 'may contribute to Western world's fertility problems', say scientists after lab study

19 May 2014 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Chemicals found in common household products can affect human sperm behaviour in the laboratory, according to a recent study... [Read More]

Surrogacy: Perspectives from a commercial model

06 May 2014 - by Andrew Powell

I've always been interested in the law related to surrogacy. Through the Pegasus Scholarship Scheme founded by the Inner Temple, I obtained a placement at a law firm in Los Angeles that specialised in surrogacy and fertility law. I was keen to see how commercial surrogacy operates within a regulated paradigm... [Read More]

Skin cells from infertile men transformed into early-stage sperm

06 May 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Skin tissue from infertile men has been converted into sperm cell precursors after their stem cells were transplanted into mice... [Read More]

Trauma can be passed down through sperm

28 April 2014 - by Victoria Burchell

Stress in early life can alter the production of small sections of the genetic material RNA in the sperm of mice, affecting behaviour not only in the mice themselves but also in their offspring, research suggests... [Read More]

Stuck on you: sperm-to-egg-binding protein discovered

28 April 2014 - by Rachel Brown

A protein that allows eggs and sperm to fuse together has been identified by scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge... [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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]

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