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Glossary

In vitro

Latin for 'within the glass'. Refers to experiments performed in a controlled environment like a test tube or culture media, rather than inside a living organism or cells.



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Liquorice could lower female fertility

14 November 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A compound found in liquorice can have adverse effects on follicle growth and sex hormone production in mouse ovaries... [Read More]

Old drugs: new eggs?

07 November 2016 - by Bethany Muller and Dr Roger Sturmey

Ten years ago, the claim that treatment with cancer drugs can 'grow new eggs' would have been met with incredulity. But a recent study has raised the possibility that ovarian stem cells may be capable of providing new eggs in later life... [Read More]

Functional mouse eggs made from artificial stem cells

24 October 2016 - by Dr Katie Howe

Scientists in Japan are the first to have created live mouse pups from eggs that were made from stem cells... [Read More]

The Mexican mitochondrial case and moral supremacy

10 October 2016 - by Giulia Cavaliere

The announcement of the first baby born using mitochondrial spindle transfer, one of the two techniques that allow the replacement of faulty mitochondrial DNA, caught the UK scientific and bioethics community by surprise... [Read More]

Shortage of organs for transplantation – is more research on human–animal chimeras the right approach?

12 September 2016 - by Dr Silvia Camporesi and Giulia Cavaliere

By focusing all our attention on the ethics of human–animal hybrids, we may be overlooking non-technical solutions to the short supply of human organs for transplantation... [Read More]

Mitochondrial donation case study finally published after 13 years

22 August 2016 - by Dr Özge Özkaya

Chinese researchers say an IVF technique called pronuclear transfer can safely produce a viable pregnancy... [Read More]

Two genes linked to breast cancer survival

22 August 2016 - by Ebtehal Moussa

Researchers in the UK have discovered two key genes capable of predicting 10-year disease-specific survival outcomes in breast cancer patients... [Read More]

Australia's oldest IVF mother has baby at 62

08 August 2016 - by Nina Chohan

A 62-year-old Tasmanian woman has become Australia's oldest mother to conceive using IVF... [Read More]

Eggs successfully grown from two-year-old cancer patient

11 July 2016 - by Dr Rosie Gilchrist

A two-year-old girl has become the youngest person to undergo a new technique that could preserve her fertility after chemotherapy... [Read More]

Event Review: The Ethics of Human Artificial Gametes

11 July 2016 - by Dr John B Appleby and Dr César Palacios-González

A symposium titled 'The Ethics of Human Artificial Gametes' was recently held at the International Association of Bioethics 13th World Congress of Bioethics in Edinburgh to discuss the ethics of human artificial gametes... [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]

Stem cell scientists issue new guidelines to cover embryo editing

16 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

An international body representing stem cell scientists has included human genome editing in its updated guidance on the manipulation of stem cells and their use in therapy... [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]

Baby steps forward, baby steps back: towards a more liberal Swiss regulation of reproduction

07 September 2015 - by Dr Melanie Levy and Professor Vardit Ravitsky

Switzerland upholds stricter legislation on assisted reproduction and prenatal genetic testing than most European countries. However, recent regulatory changes demonstrate a possible shift towards a more liberal approach.... [Read More]

Cutting-edge technology and mitochondrial diseases - where is the limit?

27 July 2015 - by Dr Dusko Ilic

Given the complexity of the technology, costs and risks involved, two recently described mitochondrial 'gene-correction' strategies will probably remain as proof-of-concept studies and are unlikely be of practical use in clinical medicine in the foreseeable future... [Read More]

Stem cells trigger liver regeneration

27 July 2015 - by Hannah Somers

Researchers have successfully used a stem cell transplant to induce repair and regeneration of the liver in mice... [Read More]

Editing human embryos

27 April 2015 - by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

As Chinese scientists report the first gene editing of human embryos, is a moratorium on such practice justified?... [Read More]

Embryonic spinal cord precursor cells generated for first time

26 August 2014 - by Dr Lux Fatimathas

Scientists have generated the specialised cells in the embryo that go on to form spinal cord, muscle and bone tissue and used them to produce nerve and muscle cells... [Read More]

Zebrafish research uncovers how stem cells form

18 August 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

Researchers studying the zebrafish have discovered how a certain type of stem cell, which produces all the blood cells in the body, is formed... [Read More]

Mobile phones linked to small drop in sperm quality

16 June 2014 - by Dr Rachel Brown

Keeping mobile phones in pockets can affect two important measures of sperm health, a study suggests... [Read More]

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