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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

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.



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Controversial Italian fertility specialist denies stealing woman's eggs

23 May 2016 - by Rikita Patel

A controversial Italian fertility doctor has been arrested after being accused of taking a woman's eggs without her consent... [Read More]

Stem cell study suggests mitochondrial donation might not be 100 percent effective

23 May 2016 - by Dr Rosie Morley

A study has identified a potential problem with mitochondrial donation, an IVF technique that aims to prevent the transmission of faulty mitochondria from mother to child... [Read More]

Culturing a human embryo for 14 days – what have we learned?

16 May 2016 - by Dr Helen O'Neill

Species-specific differences in terms of developmental timing and molecular expression patterns have restricted our true understanding of early human development... [Read More]

Woman in her 70s gives birth in India

16 May 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

A woman believed to be 72 years old has given birth to a baby boy in India, following IVF treatment... [Read More]

Film Review: Future Baby

09 May 2016 - by Dr Lanay Tierney

Austrian documentary film-maker Maria Arlamovsky journeys around the world, investigating the state of reproductive treatment. Her film asks a single question: how far should we go?

IVF: the next generation – first UK baby born after DNA screening technique

09 May 2016 - by James Brooks

The UK's first baby resulting from an embryo that was screened using next-generation DNA sequencing has been born in Oxford... [Read More]

Sperm-binding fake egg could be contraceptive or IVF tool

03 May 2016 - by Dr Jane Currie

Researchers have created a sperm-binding 'fake egg' that could be used to either select the best sperm for fertility treatment or for contraception... [Read More]

Two genes linked to higher chance of having twins

03 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

A study has identified two gene variants that increase the likelihood of a woman having twins and could explain why twins appears to run in families... [Read More]

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie

Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]

Bedfordshire CCG considers removing all funding for IVF

18 April 2016 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is consulting the public on whether to remove all funding for IVF treatment, apart from for special medical exceptions... [Read More]

Judge criticises clinic's 'seriously deficient' care of couple after clerical blunder

18 April 2016 - by Cait McDonagh

A clerical mistake at a Sheffield IVF clinic meant that a father's status as his child's legal parent was put in doubt... [Read More]

55-year-old becomes Britain's oldest mother of triplets

11 April 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

A 55-year old woman from Boston, England, has become Britain's oldest mother of triplets... [Read More]

Pre-pubertal ovarian tissue preservation – are we pushing the boundaries too far?

11 April 2016 - by Dr Edgar Mocanu

Oncofertility services allow some women to cryopreserve oocytes, embryos or ovarian tissue in order to protect their ability to have a family when faced with malignancy and adjuvant therapy. However, to date, fertility cryopreservation had very little to offer young, pre-pubertal girls... [Read More]

President of the Family Division criticises IVF clinic and lawyers

11 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has criticised as 'insensitive' the handling of a claim brought by the biological mother of twins who was the victim of an administrative error at a fertility clinic... [Read More]

Second Chinese team create genetically modified human embryos

11 April 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

A second team in China report that they have created genetically modified human embryos, in an attempt to make them resistant to HIV, using the genome-editing technique CRISPR/Cas9... [Read More]

Birth rate up, multiple-birth rate down – egg freezing more common, says HFEA

04 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Pregnancy and live birth rates following IVF have continued to increase as the multiple-birth rate declines, according to the latest figures released by the HFEA... [Read More]

Protecting our next generation from an uncertain fertility future: why education is key

04 April 2016 - by Dr Geeta Nargund

Complete reproductive education, including regarding fertility issues, is the right of all our young people... [Read More]

Book Review: Katherine Carlyle

21 March 2016 - by Amy Reed

Rupert Thomson's beautiful and powerful writing rests on a flimsy plot about a woman's journey from frozen embryo to lost adult... [Read More]

Reply to the signatories of the COGEN Consensus Statement

21 March 2016 - by Heidi Mertes, Sjoerd Repping & Guido de Wert

The cosignatories of the COGEN consensus statement attempt to refute our remarks and concerns about the increased use of preimplantation genetic screening by presenting the same low-level 'evidence' they continuously use to advocate the widespread adoption of PGS... [Read More]

Women receives transplanted ovary frozen aged eight

21 March 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A 23-year-old woman may soon become become pregnant after receiving an implant of an ovary that had been frozen since she was eight years old... [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...
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...
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...
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction...
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...
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...
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...


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