gamete gamete  /ˈɡæ mit/


  • (n) a mature sexual reproductive cell having a single set of unpaired chromosomes


  1. To increase the chances of implantation, many doctors are now inserting egg and sperm into the Fallopian tube, a procedure known as GIFT (for gamete intra-Fallopian transfer).
  2. Asch was trying to find a simpler way to do IVF, one that would not require the skills of an embryologist, when he hit upon the procedure he called gamete intra-Fallopian transfer .


  1. Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

    An anonymous reader writes "Consumer genomics company 23andMe has developed a system for helping prospective parents choose the traits of their offspring, from disease risk to hair color. The patent — number 8543339, "Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations" — describes a technology that would take a customer's preferences for a child's traits, compute the likely genomic outcomes of ...
    on October 3, 2013     Source: Slashdot

  2. Company Patents First Designer Baby Maker. Now What?

    Consumer genomics company 23andMe can help parents-to-be pick and choose from a list of traits their offspring could have — but says it won’t apply its DNA-based system to generate babies to order. The patent, which was filed in 2008 and granted September 24, worries ethicists and the genetics community since it includes a “gamete donor selector” that would allow couples to have their sperm and ...
    on October 3, 2013     Source: Wellness


  • In a statement released over the weekend Dr Schatten added: "My decision is grounded solely on concerns regarding oocyte [female gamete] donations in Dr Hwang's research reported in 2004."
    on Nov 13, 2005 By: Gerald Schatten Source:

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