The influence of embryo culture

4cell_embryo.tifAnyone who has had or is having IVF may be interested in some new research published in the journal Human Reproduction which looks at the influence the liquid that eggs, sperm and embryos are put into in the laboratory has on the babies born from the treatment. The liquid is known as the culture medium, and the researchers have found that it has an impact on the birthweight of IVF babies.

At the moment, the manufacturers don’t publish detailed lists of the ingredients of their culture media for reasons of commercial secrecy – but given the impact it may be having on IVF babies, there are now calls for the exact make-up of the culture media to be made public. You can read more details about this here and you can find the research paper itself here.

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