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New procedure to up the odds of IVF

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 19 May 2015

A team of Taiwanese researchers has developed a new technique to screen embryos for increasing the effectiveness of in vitro fertilization.


According to the team from the National Tsing Hua University and the National Health Research Institutes, the technique can help identify high-quality embryos for more effective and less costly IVF treatments.


The team’s leader, Chihchen Chen said that the new technique enables individual assessment of the embryos before they are implanted into the uterus, thus increasing the odds of successful outcomes.


"It will lower the stress level of patients greatly if the number of IVF cycles and embryos transferred can be reduced while maintaining a promising outcome," said Chen.


The team developed a "microwell system," which they tested with mouse embryos, where each embryo was given its own environment. With the microwell system, the embryos could be individually assessed for their viability.


"Embryos are very sensitive to their environments," said Chen. "Understanding the microenvironment of embryos allows us to promote the growth and minimize the epigenetic manipulation of embryos."


The team’s research was published in the journal Biomicrofluidics.


I-Hsuan Liao (annieliao@taitra.org.tw)

Source: Medical News Today & New York Daily News


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