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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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Artificial sperm 'grown in lab' for first time

18 May 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed

A French company claims to have grown human sperm cells in a laboratory for the first time.... [Read More]

Chinese scientists edit genes of human embryos

27 April 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Chinese scientists report the first-ever genetic modification of human embryos using the CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technique, confirming rumours that these highly controversial experiments were underway... [Read More]

Sperm DNA changes linked to autism

20 April 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

A study has found a link between DNA methylation levels in sperm and an increased risk of autism in children, indicating that epigenetic changes could explain why the disorder appears to run in families.... [Read More]

Couple to sue US sperm bank that did not verify donor information

13 April 2015 - by Nina Chohan

A Canadian couple has filed a lawsuit against US-based sperm bank, Xytex, after they discovered that the sperm used to conceive their child was provided by a 'college drop out' with a criminal record and a history of schizophrenia... [Read More]

IVF culture media may influence sex of embryo

23 March 2015 - by Sophie McLachlan

The nutrient-filled liquid used to grow embryos during IVF might affect the resulting male to female birth ratio, a study suggests... [Read More]

Teenage sperm mutation rate higher than thought

23 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers have found that the rate of mutation in the sperm cells of teenagers is much higher than previously thought... [Read More]

Is there a doctor in the house? New Jersey's artificial insemination law tested in custody battle

16 February 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low

A same-sex couple from New Jersey, USA, is challenging a sperm donor's visiting rights over their son conceived by artificial insemination... [Read More]

Whole-genome sequencing detects de novo mutations in embryos

16 February 2015 - by Nina Chohan

Scientists have shown for the first time that whole-genome sequencing (WGS) in IVF embryos can detect 'de novo' mutations... [Read More]

TV Review: Modern Times - The Vikings are coming

02 February 2015 - by Professor Eric Blyth

The central characters in Sue Bourne's hour-long documentary 'The Vikings Are Coming' are three single women, Holly (36), Gemma (40), and Amanda (43) and a lesbian couple in their thirties, Kal and Anna. Largely reliant on video footage filmed by the women themselves, viewers are able to witness Holly's, Gemma's, Kal's and Anna's emotional roller-coaster as they try to get pregnant using Danish donor sperm... [Read More]

ICSI no more effective than IVF

26 January 2015 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A US study has found that despite increased use of ICSI over recent years, the technique is not associated with any improved reproductive outcomes over conventional IVF... [Read More]

Radio Review: Out of the Ordinary - Desperately Seeking Sperm

26 January 2015 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

The world of unregulated sperm donation is revealed as an underground market of desperation, exploitation and remarkable characters.

DVD Review: A Different Story Revisited

01 December 2014 - by Ëlo Luik

An informative and encouraging view into becoming a family through donor conception - the Donor Conception (DC) Network way... [Read More]

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]

Event Review: Crick Lecture 2014 - 'Genetic control and the mammalian radiation'

10 November 2014 - by Matthew Thomas

You and all the whales, rhinos and bats owe your lives to a tiny shrew... [Read More]

Smoking while pregnant weakens sons' fertility, mouse study suggests

06 October 2014 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Mothers who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding may reduce their sons' future fertility, according to research... [Read More]

Game Review: Spermania - The Race for Life

15 September 2014 - by Chris Baldacci

This little app for Android has been getting a bit of hype because (a) it’s kind of about sex (snigger like a seven-year-old) (b) it was designed by PinchPoint, based in Ramallah, Palestine (do concerned Guardian-reader face)... [Read More]

'My life was a lie': What does Emma Cresswell's story tell us about donor conception and fatherhood?

01 September 2014 - by Dr Jonathan Ives

Emma Cresswell, The Telegraph tells us, 'fought a six-year battle to have the man she thought was her father removed from her birth certificate' and now reportedly hopes that others will follow her example... [Read More]

Swiss and Italian courts move towards parental rights for same-sex couples

01 September 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Judges in two European countries with restrictive laws governing IVF and surrogacy have taken steps towards recognising non-biological parents in same-sex relationships as the legal parents of children born through assisted conception.... [Read More]

Beyond the harm threshold

26 August 2014 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

Underlying many controversies in reproductive technology is an assumption that there is a 'harm threshold' – a point at which a child would suffer so much that it would have been harmed by coming into existence. This idea has an intuitive appeal, but the questions it raises are very difficult to answer... [Read More]

Book Review: Law, Policy and Reproductive Autonomy

26 August 2014 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The legal framework for the regulation and provision of assisted reproductive technologies is situated within enormous social change, not least in the construction of the family, personal health management and expectations around access to emerging medical technologies.... [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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