The "slow motion" will help to improve the efficiency of IVF

Reproductive BioMedicine Online reports that a group of doctors from Manchester has developed a new method of improving the efficiency of in vitro fertilization. The scientists from the biomedical company CARE Fertility said that the invented technology of the «slow motion» of the development of the embryos can significantly improve the chances of successful conception through IVF.

The essence of the technology is to make thousands of images of embryos in an incubator at regular intervals to monitor their viability, which will allow to understand which of them have a higher chance of further development in the womb.

The scientists were producing images of the embryos in the incubator every 10-20 minutes, so that the doctors were able to detect fetuses with a higher or lower probability of chromosomal abnormalities.


According to the study of 69 couples, in 61% of cases, the implantation of the embryos that were better developed, resulted in a successful birth of healthy children. No children were born in the group with high risk of anomalies. It should be noted that during a standard IVF procedure the embryo development is checked under a microscope once a day.

The director of CARE Fertility Center professor Simon Fishel, comments on the importance of his invention: "In IVF the most significant problem is the difficulty in recognizing the most promising of the embryos. The reality is that only a third of all the embryos derived from natural or artificial insemination will be able to develop successfully in the future. "  The professor claims that the new method can improve the chances of successful conception and birth of a healthy baby by as much as 56%.

The invention of the British scientists is certainly interesting, but it’s early to speak of it as of a panacea. Only 69 pairs took part the experiment, and this amount isn’t enough to draw serious conclusions about the "viability" of the technology. But I hope that the British scientists continue to work on perfecting their technique and the increase of IVF efficiency by 56% will soon become a reality.