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Glossary

IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is a treatment for infertility, in which eggs are removed from a woman's body, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory, then returned to the womb shortly afterwards to continue developing.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Genetic test 'could predict IVF success'

01 February 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Researchers from the UK and the Netherlands have identified a 'genetic signature' in the womb that could help explain repeated IVF failure in some women.... [Read More]

Meeting Mary Warnock

01 February 2016 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey and Dr Sue Avery

Last November, we accepted an invitation to have coffee and a chat with Mary Warnock. We had no real brief – we just looked forward to a tour through her life and her thoughts on what she had done for the world of assisted reproduction... [Read More]

UK scientists seek trial of 'mitochondria-boosting' IVF technique

01 February 2016 - by Ryan Ross

UK fertility doctors are seeking permission to trial a new IVF treatment that involves transferring additional mitochondria into egg cells before fertilisation... [Read More]

Book Review: The Essential Fertility Guide

25 January 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

For couples who have difficulty in conceiving naturally, this is an excellent guide by Professor Robert Winston on the main causes of infertility... [Read More]

Germline in the sand: The ethics and law of engineering the embryo

25 January 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

We report from the fourth session of annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Germline in the Sand: The Ethics and Law of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed the ethics of human embryo genome editing... [Read More]

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]

Stating the obvious: discarding embryos does not increase your chance of having a baby

18 January 2016 - by Heidi Mertes, Sjoerd Repping & Guido de Wert

Under the auspices of the Virtual Academy of Genetics, COGEN recently issued a 'consensus statement' on preimplantation genetic screening, based on a scientific meeting held in Paris last September... [Read More]

UK researchers seek HFEA permission to edit human embryo

18 January 2016 - by Julianna Photopoulos

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is considering a proposal from scientists to genetically edit human embryos... [Read More]

Fertility treatments do not increase risk of developmental delay

11 January 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Children conceived using IVF and other fertility treatments are at no greater risk of developmental delays than children conceived naturally, according to a large US study... [Read More]

Surrogate carrying triplets brings lawsuit to prevent being sued for failing to abort

11 January 2016 - by Mary Yarwood

A US woman acting as a surrogate has filed a lawsuit to prevent a claim in damages being brought by the commissioning father after he requested she undergo a selective reduction... [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]

Book Review: Archie Nolan – Family Detective

14 December 2015 - by Susan Tranfield

'Is nowhere a donor-conception free zone?' asks the eponymous hero, 11-year-old Archie Nolan, as his quest to establish the meaning of 'family' in the context of donor conception leads him to ask more and more questions about origins, genetics and the intricacies of relationships in 21st century Britain... [Read More]

Costa Rica tries to legalise IVF

14 December 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Almost three years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica's ban on IVF was unlawful, the Costa Rican Government has attempted to legalise the fertility procedure – only for the measure to be suspended by the country's Supreme Court... [Read More]

Dogs born through IVF for the first time

14 December 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

A litter of puppies has been born through IVF for the first time, reports a study that has implications not only for veterinary medicine but also for human genetic research... [Read More]

Aspirin is no wonder drug for fertility

07 December 2015 - by Richard Kennedy

The 'wonder drug' aspirin has proven benefits in cardiac disease and stroke, and it is increasingly thought to have a role in cancer prevention, but its wider use in support of infertility and assisted reproduction is controversial... [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]

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]

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Events using this Glossary Item

 

Futures in Reproduction
15 December 2012  Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS, UK
A conference celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards... [Read More]
Bob Edwards and IVF: The Early Years
08 March 2011 5pm Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK
A discussion about the early life and work of Professor Robert Edwards, introduced by Professor Martin Johnson... [Read More]
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day... [Read More]
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction... [Read More]
IVF Preceptorship: Assisted Reproductive Technology - Current Practice In The 21st Century
13 November 2009  IVI Madrid-Aravaca, 68-70 Avenida del Talgo, Madrid-Aravaca 28023, Spain
A course that provides up-to-date knowledge of IVF procedures and skills useful in IVF practice... [Read More]
Reproductive Medicine: Causes and Treatment of Infertility
10 September 2009  Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
An event addressing current issues and latest developments in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive biology... [Read More]
Meeting for Persons Responsible and Senior Staff
03 September 2009 9am-4.30pm Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ, UK
A meeting for Persons Responsible and senior staff at fertility clinics... [Read More]


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