Is There an Optimum System for Culturing Human Embryos?

  • Jason E. Swain


Processes within the IVF laboratory are critical in achieving high success rates from assisted reproduction. These various processes make up the “culture system,” and optimizing each of these variables is crucial. Importantly, within the context of the entire culture system, “optimal” conditions may vary slightly from laboratory to laboratory. However, initial gamete quality aside and accounting for laboratory-specific considerations, there are critical components of the culture system that are important to maximizing resulting embryo development. Items such as incubator type and management, strict monitoring, and control of environmental variables like use of low oxygen, temperature, pH, and osmolality are of paramount importance. Careful screening and use of culture media, protein, and oil are all required to avoid potentially harmful conditions for embryo development.


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  • Jason E. Swain
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  1. 1.CCRM IVF NetworkLone TreeUSA

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