ART: Clinical and Laboratory Aspects
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) can be defined as fertility treatment that involves removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries and combining them with sperm in a laboratory. Methods used to achieve this result include in vitro fertilization (IVF), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), and zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT). Currently, more than 150,000 cycles of human IVF and similar techniques are performed each year in the United States, resulting in the birth of over 60,000 babies. Far-reaching advances in laboratory techniques and culture conditions have been made since 1978, when the first IVF baby was born in England. Today, ART procedures are responsible for over 1 % of all children born in the United States annually.
KeywordsAssist Reproductive Technology GnRH Agonist Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis Polar Body Preimplantation Genetic Screening
The authors wish to acknowledge Michael P. Steinkampf, Beth A. Malizia, Damon Davis, Cristine Silva, and Melissa Hiner, who were contributors to the first edition of this chapter.
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