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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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New IVF technique allows 'in womb' conception

25 January 2016 - by Rachel Brown

A new IVF technique has been developed which allows fertilisation to occur in the womb rather than in the laboratory... [Read More]

Genome editing and CRISPR: The science of engineering the embryo

18 January 2016 - by Dr Jess Buxton

We report from the third session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Genome Editing and CRISPR: The Science of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed these new technologies and how they might be used in the future... [Read More]

'Spermbots' could speed up slow sperm

18 January 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Scientists in Germany have created artificially motorised sperm, propelled by microscopic metal helices... [Read More]

Unlicensed sperm donor claims to have fathered 800 children

18 January 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

A man from Luton, Bedfordshire, claims to have fathered 'in excess of 800 children' through unlicensed artificial sperm donations... [Read More]

High Court rejects sperm donor's application for direct contact

21 December 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The High Court has refused a man's application for direct contact with a child born to a same-sex couple using his sperm... [Read More]

Two US surrogates carrying triplets refuse abortion demands

21 December 2015 - by Mary Yarwood

Two surrogates in the USA carrying triplets are coming under pressure from the intended parents to abort one of their fetuses... [Read More]

What is the germline?

21 December 2015 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

We report from the first session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'From Three-Person IVF to Genome Editing: the Science and the Ethics of Engineering the Embryo', in which Professor Azim Surani discussed the germline... [Read More]

Epigenetic changes in sperm linked to obesity in offspring

07 December 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

Danish researchers have identified that weight gain and loss can result in different epigenetic markers in sperm, suggesting a possible explanation for why children of obese fathers are more prone to obesity themselves... [Read More]

Poland to cut state IVF funding

07 December 2015 - by Dr Rosie Morley

The newly elected conservative government in Poland plans to cut state funding for IVF, two years after the scheme was introduced... [Read More]

TV Review: Jodie Marsh is Making Babies

07 December 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck

This documentary shows that assisted reproduction is a huge and real business. Unfortunately, it does so without asking the necessary critical and ethical questions that would make it genuinely worth watching... [Read More]

US TV star must remain legal parent to child born via surrogacy

30 November 2015 - by Cait McDonagh

An appeals court in Pennsylvania, USA, has ruled that a woman is to remain the legal parent of a child born through surrogacy, despite separating from her husband before the child was born... [Read More]

'Myth busting' report on UK surrogacy calls for legal reform

23 November 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A report calling for reform of surrogacy laws in the UK has revealed that the majority of arrangements are conducted on an altruistic basis and do not take place abroad, contrasting with what it claims are commonly held misconceptions... [Read More]

Scientists discover sperm can 'slither'

16 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

Researchers have discovered that human sperm have a two-dimensional 'slither' swimming mode, which enables them to swim faster when close to surfaces... [Read More]

Womb transplants – is surrogacy safer?

16 November 2015 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The recent news that the Health Research Authority has given approval to a UK charity to conduct a clinical trial for womb transplants is seen as welcome news for women without wombs. But when compared to the extensive surgeries required for a womb transplant, is surrogacy not the safer option?... [Read More]

Call to end US federal funding ban on chimera research

09 November 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

A group of researchers have called for an overturn of a recent decision by the National Institutes of Health to suspend funding for research on human–animal chimeras... [Read More]

Debating donor conception 10 years after the removal of anonymity

09 November 2015 - by Arit Udoh

'The kids are not alright.' 'Current legislation needs to do more to protect the rights of donor-conceived children.' These were some of the comments made by donor-conceived adults who attended a recent Progress Educational Trust/National Gamete Donation Trust event... [Read More]

Spermatid injection technique allows 'sterile' men to become fathers

09 November 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Men previously considered sterile have successfully fathered children thanks to a newly improved technique called round spermatid injection (ROSI)... [Read More]

Man fails paternity test due to passing on unborn twin's DNA

02 November 2015 - by Jessica Richardson

A man discovered he was not the genetic father of his child, due to a rare form of chimerism that means some of his cells carry a genome belonging to an unborn twin who died in the womb... [Read More]

Court orders contact between girls and sperm donor

19 October 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low

A UK High Court judge has ordered that the biological father of a teenage girl can maintain indirect contact with her, despite her opposition... [Read More]

Fracking chemicals linked to reduced sperm count

19 October 2015 - by Lone Hørlyck

Prenatal exposure to chemicals used in fracking for oil or natural-gas operations may affect sperm count later in life, a new study performed on mice 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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