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The Fertility Show

Glossary

Germ cells

Egg and sperm cells (also known as gametes) and their precursors.



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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┬ápublic involvement in discussions on the technology... [Read More]

Blood test for testicular cancer a step closer

19 June 2017 - by Meetal Solanki

Testing for certain genes could identify men with a ten-fold increased risk of testicular cancer, suggests a new study... [Read More]

The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research

09 January 2017 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly

The second session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', looked at new embryo images that have potential to challenge the 14-day rule and discussed the potential benefits of extending the rule beyond the existing time limit... [Read More]

Chemotherapy during pregnancy could affect daughters' fertility

15 August 2016 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi

A study has shown that the chemotherapy drug etoposide can affect the development of fetal ovarian tissue in mice... [Read More]

Spanish lab creates human sperm precursors from skin cells

03 May 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

Spanish scientists say they have created rudimentary sperm-like cells from skin and bone marrow cells taken from adult males... [Read More]

Growing sperm in the lab: an embryonic science

07 March 2016 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

A recent announcement that scientists had created functioning spermatozoids from mouse embryonic stem cells in the lab made quite a splash in the media. However, one key point seemed to be overlooked... [Read More]

Lab-made sperm used to breed healthy mice

29 February 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Scientists in China have used stem cells to create rudimentary sperm that successfully fertilised mouse eggs to produce healthy offspring... [Read More]

Radio Review: Editing Life

22 February 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Professor Matthew Cobb investigates some of the implications of the groundbreaking CRISPR genome-editing technology in this BBC Radio 4 documentary... [Read More]

Painkillers during pregnancy reduce fertility of offspring in rats

01 February 2016 - by Fiona Ibanichuka

Scientists have discovered that the use of painkillers during pregnancy in rats may reduce the fertility of their offspring... [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]

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]

Why the UK should be leading the discussion on embryo engineering

11 January 2016 - by Sarah Pritchard

Sir Mark Walport, the UK's Chief Scientific Adviser, gave the keynote address at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference, where he highlighted the complexity of assessing emerging science and technology, particularly in relation to genome editing... [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]

Summit agrees genome editing to proceed, with caution

07 December 2015 - by Dr Jane Currie

An international summit has agreed conditions under which human genome editing, using techniques like CRISPR, should proceed... [Read More]

Biotech company Editas to begin human gene editing in 2017

16 November 2015 - by Ari Haque

A US biotechnology start-up co-founded by two pioneers of CRISPR technology intends to begin gene editing in humans as part of an experimental treatment to target a rare genetic eye disorder... [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]

Video Review: Talking Biopolitics - A Conversation with George Annas and Lisa Ikemoto

12 October 2015 - by Dr Rebecca Dimond

Genomic medicine has advanced rapidly in recent years and, with our increasing capacity to collect and store genetic information, it holds not only great promise but also pitfalls, for individuals and communities. This was the topic under discussion in a live video conversation on 7 October, organised by the Center for Genetics and Society... [Read More]

UK scientists seek permission to edit embryos

21 September 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

Researchers from London's Francis Crick Institute are seeking permission to edit the genome of human embryos... [Read More]

Genes account for half of testicular cancer risk

14 September 2015 - by Meetal Solanki

Gene mutations may account for as much of half the risk of developing testicular cancer, a study has suggested... [Read More]

UK science bodies call for gene-editing debate

07 September 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

A consortium of medical research funders and learned societies has called for further research into the genetic modification of human cells, as well as a national debate into the ethics of such techniques... [Read More]

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CROSSING FRONTIERS

Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

Public Conference
London
8 December 2017

Speakers include

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 Jacques Cohen

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Andy Greenfield

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross


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