What's in an egg? Oocyte factors that can reprogram adult cells

The promise of generating truly pluripotent stem cells from terminally differentiated adult cell types continues to captivate scientists who envision great potential for therapeutic interventions. The two primary methods ...

Mechanism that impairs production of bovine embryos is revealed

A longstanding obstacle to the market for bovine embryos is lipid accumulation in oocytes. Researchers have now described a hitherto unknown mechanism of lipid accumulation in oocytes that limits the success of in vitro production ...

Discovery may make it easier to develop life-saving stem cells

Not unlike looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack, a team of Michigan State University researchers have found a gene that could be key to the development of stem cells – cells that can potentially save millions ...

From a drop of blood, a clone

Over the last few decades, scientists have drawn upon a powerful arsenal of biotechnology techniques to establish a wide variety of genetically engineered mouse strains. These animals represent invaluable resources for studying ...

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Oocyte

An oocyte, ovocyte, or rarely ocyte, is a female gametocyte or germ cell involved in reproduction. In other words, it is an immature ovum, or egg cell. An oocyte is produced in the ovary during female gametogenesis. The female germ cells produce a primordial germ cell (PGC) which undergoes a mitotic division to form an oogonium. During oogenesis the oogonium becomes a primary oocyte (pronounced oh'a-site).

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