Non-Invasive Biochemical Methods for Assessing Human Embryo Quality
While human in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and Embryo Transfer techniques have helped overcome the problems of infertility in some thousands of couples, success rates remain disappointingly low. The major problem remains the embryo transfer stage where only a comparatively small proportion of embryos implant and are carried to term successfully. Embryos for transfer are assessed on the basis of their morphology and extent of development in culture. These methods are notoriously imprecise and there is a need for quantitative non-invasive assays of human embryo quality.
KeywordsLactate Pyruvate Paraffin NADPH NADH
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