New developments in assisted production techniques promise to triple births in the coming years.
A new in vitro fertilization technique could help even more infertile couples have children, according to an article in Reproductive BioMedicine Online. Scientists believe they can double or even triple the number of healthy babies born through assisted reproduction techniques.
What will allow them to do this is a relatively simple process of taking digital photos of embryos growing in the laboratory, which will help scientists choose the “best” ones, the ones that are most likely to be born healthy. .
“This is the most significant development in the field in 30 years,” said Professor Simon Fissel, director of the Fertility Care Clinic in Nottingham. Britain, as this technique was developed. “Until now, all assisted reproduction techniques have transferred embryos to the uterus, which is doubtful whether they will be able to grow and become babies. This discovery changes the data and will significantly increase success rates. It’s the beginning of something revolutionary. “
The new technique recognizes which embryos are best implanted in the woman, calculating the time it took them to develop during the first two very important stages of their lives, from the first moment of fertilization to the blastocyst stage. Embryologists estimate that when this process is delayed, then the fetus is more likely to carry an abnormal number of chromosomes, which will lead to pregnancy failure.
Until now, scientists have been studying the development of embryos in the laboratory with a microscope every day, and now the process will be automatically recorded by a digital camera that will take images every 10 minutes. Thus, there will be more than 5000 images that will then be analyzed by computer.