New techniques

  • Comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) screening

    CGH is an emerging form of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) that is used to detect abnormalities in the number of chromosomes in an egg or an embryo.

    ...Comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) screening

  • Mitochondrial disease – new research

    If the mother’s mitochondrial DNA is faulty then it is possible that the mother may pass to her children one of a number of rare but very serious mitochondrial diseases eg. muscle, cardiac and neural diseases.

    ...Mitochondrial disease – new research

  • Alternatives to embryonic stem cells

    Learn about the issues that the HFEA has to take into account when considering the recent developments in developing embryonic stem cells for research purposes. What are the alternatives and why do they need to be considered?

    ...Alternatives to embryonic stem cells

  • In vitro derived gametes

    What is meant by artificial gametes and why do they matter? Has their safety been fully assessed yet? Find out the HFEA's role in this developing area of research.

    ...In vitro derived gametes

  • Breast cancer screening

    Find out how the HFEA-licensed treatment, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), can be used to screen embryos for serious inherited conditions such as breast cancer.

    ...Breast cancer screening

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Page last updated: 10 February 2010

Embryo research

Research on a human embryoFind out about human embryo research taking place throughout the UK - including human-animal hybrids and stem cell reseach.

...more about embryo research