IVF technique used in mice 'could improve human reaction'

5 January 2012

Fertility treatment could be improved with techniques that have been tested on mice, according to the latest research.

Scientists at Cardiff University have claimed that new methods of egg implantation could go towards preventing multiple births, a side effect of IVF treatment which can be experienced by many women undergoing the course.

Led by Professor Karl Swann from the university's school of medicine, the study analysed the internal workings of the human egg to find patterns and movements that occur during fertilisation.

Prof Swann said: "We already know from previous research in mice that sperm entry into the mouse egg triggers 'rhythmic cytoplasmic motions', which may help to predict successful embryo development."

He added that by adapting the techniques of implanting the healthiest eggs, as used for the mice, could show the same types of movements in a human version.

According to One At A Time, a charity that supports women undergoing fertility treatment, multiple births is one of the biggest risks associated with IVF.

Posted by Edward Bartel

 

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