Temperature variations inside commercial IVF incubators
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Fine temperature regulation is critical to embryology laboratories aiming to maximize in vitro fertilization (IVF) and development, implantation and pregnancy of assisted reproductive technique (ART) embryos growing in culture under incubator conditions, although developmental plasticity of embryos permits them to develop over a range of temperatures .
Detailed knowledge of optimal temperature values for culture of gametes/embryos and incubator temperature control range is mandatory to preset correct biologically tolerable temperature limits. Embryology laboratories cover almost all IVF/ICSI-ET treatment needs with at least 2–3 incubators that should be checked daily for proper maintenance of temperature regulation. The absolute need for daily quality control of incubator temperature is justified by: a. the difficulty to maintain a stable temperature because of frequent opening the incubator door, b. overnight power failure, where incubators indicate the set temperature and the...
KeywordsTemperature Commercial IVF incubators
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