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Glossary

Sperm cell

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



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Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Twins but legal strangers: paradoxical but could we have expected more?

13 February 2017 - by Dr Alice Margaria

It is not the first time that a court has been called to rule on the recognition of family ties established between a male couple and their twins born from surrogacy abroad. But the recent ruling of the Court of Appeal of Milan has attracted particular interest because of its absurd consequences... [Read More]

Wirral reduces access to IVF

13 February 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The Wirral CCG has announced that it is cutting the provision of NHS-funded IVF cycles from three to two, in an attempt to reduce its financial deficit... [Read More]

Court rules Israeli parents cannot use dead son's sperm

06 February 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The parents of a deceased Israeli man have had their request to use his sperm rejected on appeal... [Read More]

What's so special about the status of the embryo?

30 January 2017 - by Dr Jess Buxton

The fifth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' covered a range of perspectives on the status of the human embryo... [Read More]

Infertile couple have baby using mitochondrial donation

23 January 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A baby has been born in the Ukraine following the use of an experimental IVF procedure known as mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

Stem cells reprogrammed to resemble fertilised eggs

23 January 2017 - by Dr Loredana Guglielmi

Researchers have successfully turned stem cells into 'totipotent' cells, with characteristics resembling those of fertilised eggs... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

First pregnant man in UK through sperm donation

16 January 2017 - by Lone Hørlyck

A 20-year-old man, who was originally born female, is the first in the UK to become pregnant through sperm donation after the NHS refused to pay for egg freezing... [Read More]

IVF culture medium can double the chance of success

09 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The type of culture media used in IVF can more than double the chance of producing healthy embryos and significantly affect chances of successful conception... [Read More]

Sperm mix-up involving 26 women at Dutch IVF clinic

09 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

A Dutch IVF clinic is currently under investigation after it came to light that dozens of its patients might have been fertilised by the wrong sperm – half of whom are pregnant or have already given birth... [Read More]

Moderate exercise improves sperm quality and quantity

07 December 2016 - by Dr Marianne Kennedy

Moderate exercise improves sperm quality and quantity, according to new research... [Read More]

Expert panel approve cautious use of mitochondrial donation in the UK

05 December 2016 - by Dr Julia Hill

Scientists advising the HFEA have recommended that the technique of mitochondrial replacement therapy be approved for clinical use in the UK... [Read More]

IVF practices challenged: a response

05 December 2016 - by Professor Adam Balen

Professor Adam Balen argues that the recent Panorama investigation into the use of add-ons in fertility clinics is a misrepresentation of these clinics and a misunderstanding of the data... [Read More]

Regeneration of oocytes from discarded genetic material: will this double IVF success rates?

28 November 2016 - by Dr Philip Lewis and Professor Daniel Brison

A major factor limiting the effectiveness of IVF is the availability of high-quality egg cells from a patient. But new research suggests that the use of polar bodies might create two oocytes for the price of one... [Read More]

Online calculator predicts IVF success

21 November 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

An online calculator that can estimate the cumulative success rate of IVF over multiple cycles has been released... [Read More]

Functional human eggs made from discarded genetic material

14 November 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

US researchers have created functional eggs using DNA from small cells that normally form as waste products during egg development... [Read More]

Cambodia bans commercial surrogacy industry

07 November 2016 - by Lucas Taylor

The Cambodian Health Minster Mam Bunheng has published a directive appearing to ban all forms of surrogacy in the country... [Read More]

Canadian fertility doctor accused of using own sperm to impregnate patients

07 November 2016 - by Ryan Ross

A Canadian fertility doctor is facing a class action lawsuit by the families of some of his former patients, who allege that he used his own sperm in donor-conception procedures without their knowledge or consent... [Read More]

Does gamete donation need an overhaul?

07 November 2016 - by Anthony Bagshawe

The closure of the National Sperm Bank is disappointing, but we must now ask how we can change the gamete-donation process to make it easier to attract sufficient numbers of donors... [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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