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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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Canadian scientists call for end to criminal ban on germline genome-editing

13 November 2017 - by Rachel Siden

Members of Canada's Stem Cell Network have called for the country to re-examine its laws banning genome editing research on the human germline... [Read More]

Why germline genome editing may be discriminatory

13 November 2017 - by Dr Calum MacKellar

On the 20th anniversary of the of the 1997 European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (Oviedo Convention), the Council of Europe Committee on Bioethics organised an international conference entitled ‘Relevance and Challenges’ last month in Strasbourg, France... [Read More]

Life after death - a woman's victory in having her deceased husband's children

30 October 2017 - by Professor Eric Blyth

A public event held on 24 October 2017 at the University of Sheffield by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

US fertility doctor accused of using own sperm changes plea

30 October 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

A retired US fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm to inseminate patients at his clinic will plead guilty to misleading investigators... [Read More]

Sleep duration linked to sperm structure

23 October 2017 - by Taqdeer Sidhu

Sleep duration is associated with sperm integrity, according to a recent study in China... [Read More]

Act now to investigate male infertility, urges expert

16 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

An expert in male fertility has called for urgent research into the stark decline reported in Western sperm counts... [Read More]

No legal father for IVF baby, rules Georgia Supreme Court

16 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A ruling by the Supreme Court in Georgia has stated a child born following IVF has no legal father, potentially setting a precedent for other similar cases in the future... [Read More]

Human sperm maturation study may hold insights

09 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Researchers hope that a study detailing the four stages of human sperm stem cell development may shed light on infertility and certain cancers... [Read More]

Male obesity linked to poorer sperm

25 September 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Men with obesity are more likely to have a poorer quality and quantity of sperm than men of a healthier weight, suggests a new study... [Read More]

Older parents pass down more genetic mutations

25 September 2017 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

Parents pass on more new genetic mutations to their children with age, and fathers pass on more than mothers, according to a study... [Read More]

Australian court mulls woman's bid to use dead boyfriend's sperm

18 September 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

An Australian court is considering whether a woman can use her dead partner's sperm to have a baby... [Read More]

Environmental chemicals affect sperm epigenetics

18 September 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A type of chemical found in various personal beauty products and plastics may affect sperm and lower reproductive success, according to a new study... [Read More]

Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue

11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg

In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]

Doubt over human embryo editing study

04 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A group of scientists have challenged the landmark study which reported the first successful editing of human embryos for a genetic disease... [Read More]

Dutch sperm donor may have fathered 102 children

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A man is being investigated in the Netherlands after claims he fathered over 100 children through sperm donation... [Read More]

Theatre Review: Bodies, Royal Court Theatre

29 August 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

At the opening of the play, couple Clem and Josh have decided to pursue surrogacy after suffering multiple miscarriages. We find out that the egg will come from a Russian donor, be fertilised with Josh's sperm, and then implanted in an Indian surrogate... [Read More]

Americans becoming open to human genome editing

21 August 2017 - by Dr Rachel Huddart

A new survey suggests that Americans are becoming more accepting of the use of genome editing in humans, and there is strong support for more public involvement in discussions on the technology... [Read More]

Female is not 'default sex' of embryos

21 August 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A protein that controls removal of male reproductive tissue in female mice embryos has been discovered... 

Sperm from stem cells could help some types of male infertility

21 August 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Cells from genetically infertile male mice have been turned into sperm, and used to produce healthy pups... [Read More]

Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos

07 August 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists have published their study confirming they are the first to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos using genome editing... [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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8 December 2017

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Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

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Philippa Taylor

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