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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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The need for UK surrogacy law reform

29 June 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

Last month, in a judgment that was hailed as the first of its kind, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ordered a mother to hand over her child to a gay couple... [Read More]

US court grants woman right to disputed frozen embryos

29 June 2015 - by Julia Hill

An Illinois appeals court has reaffirmed a decision to grant a woman 'custody and control' of frozen embryos created with the sperm of her ex-boyfriend, despite his objections... [Read More]

ESHRE 2015: Research highlights

22 June 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

A roundup of research stories from ESHRE 2015 that hit the headlines this week... [Read More]

Scientists produce sperm inside fish ovaries

15 June 2015 - by Dr Lucy Freem

Knocking out a single gene in adult female fish causes them to produce sperm inside their ovaries, study results show... [Read More]

Switzerland, inter-country surrogacy and public policy

08 June 2015 - by Michael Wells-Greco

On 21 May 2015 the Swiss Federal Court refused to register a male couple - who are in a civil partnership and living in Saint-Gallen, Switzerland - as the legal fathers of a child born following an inter-country surrogacy arrangement... [Read More]

Canada sperm property case to settle for $6.2 million

01 June 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The University of British Columbia has proposed to settle a class action involving the accidental destruction of sperm for $6.2 million... [Read More]

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 √člo 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]

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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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