Race on for IVF suc­cess

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

AS IVF suc­cess rates flat­ten out the re­search race is on to find new ways of im­prov­ing the num­ber of live births from fer­til­ity treat­ment.

Us­ing tech­nol­ogy to iden­tify the best em­bryos, mak­ing a wo­man’s womb more hos­pitable for a preg­nancy, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and look­ing at bac­te­ria and viruses are key ar­eas be­ing ex­plored.

Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Re­search of IVF Aus­tralia, Dr Chris­tos Venetis, is us­ing po­larised light mi­croscopy to select the eggs most likely to de­velop into a healthy em­bryo. His study, pub­lished in Fer­til­ity and Steril­ity Jour­nal, shows for the first time that the type of mei­otic spin­dle of the egg, as seen us­ing non-in­va­sive po­larised light mi­croscopy, can help pre­dict the prob­a­bil­ity of in­di­vid­ual eggs form­ing into a nor­mal em­bryo.

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