A scientific breakthrough to boost IVF success rates?


A story in the UK Guardian caught my eye today. It reveals that fertility scientists are trying to increase the chance of a successful IVF procedure through more effective analysis of fertilized embryos.

Using mice in a case study, they found that “when a sperm entered an egg, the egg’s jelly-like innards would start to pulsate soon afterwards“. The team leader, Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz of Cambridge University (natch!) said:

The pattern of those movements is predictive of whether the embryo will have successful developments throughout the entire pregnancy…I believe this method has very important potential medical applications, as it provides a totally non-invasive and rapid way of making this prediction of which embryo will have successful and which will not have successful pregnancy

In other words, they are hopefully onto a more effective way to identify ‘The Egg’. The professor adds that they’ll be trialling it at IVF clinics within months.

This sounds like exciting news to me. I mean, IVF will never be foolproof, and we must always be cautious about mere ‘theories’, but this really could be a significant step in increasing the odds of conception. And via pulsations, no less – it’s almost as though the baby were knocking on the door to say “Yoo hoo, I’m the one!” 🙂

You can read the full article here

What do you guys think?

2 Responses to A scientific breakthrough to boost IVF success rates?

  1. Ivf negligence December 2, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    As the father of an ivf child with severe disablities i think they are so caught up in there advancement of the technologgy that simple things are missed or not done properly. If  I had my way it would be banned. Unethical money hungry people and that’s being polite

  2. IVF Newbie August 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    I’m just starting the IVF process and this gives me some hope that in the future this won’t be such a nerve-wracking, gut wrenching experience. Every little thing helps and if they can better determine which egg is “the egg” it makes a tough situation that much easier. Thanks for sharing!

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