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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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Chinese egg-freezing ban criticised

10 August 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

The ban on single women freezing their eggs in China has been heavily criticised on social media after a Chinese actress revealed that she had travelled to the USA in 2013 to have her eggs cryopreserved... [Read More]

Young cancer patients 'unaware of fertility options'

10 August 2015 - by Dr Rosie Morley

Adolescents or young adults with cancer may not be aware of available options to preserve their fertility, according to a study published in the journal Cancer... [Read More]

Japan allows egg donation from strangers

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]

Chinese website sells sperm online

27 July 2015 - by Arit Udoh

Alibaba, the China-based e-commerce firm, has offered its male users up to £525 in exchange for their sperm... [Read More]

Australian woman obtains sperm from dying husband

20 July 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman in New South Wales, Australia, has been given permission to extract sperm from her unconscious, dying husband... [Read More]

Paternal age bioethics: have we missed the point?

13 July 2015 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva

Kevin Smith should be applauded for raising awareness of men's biological clocks, but his proposal to 'genetically improve' the human population through sperm banking seems preposterous... [Read More]

RNA findings could diagnose male infertility

13 July 2015 - by Rhys Baker

A test to diagnose male infertility that uses RNA as a biomarker has been developed by researchers in the USA... [Read More]

Victoria to consider retrospectively lifting donor anonymity

06 July 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

The Australian state of Victoria has revealed plans to extend rules removing donor anonymity to allow all donor-conceived people access to identifying information about their sperm or egg donor, irrespective of the donor's consent or when they donated... [Read More]

When sperm banking went crackers

06 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey

When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]

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]

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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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