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?