A New IVF Screening Technology Leads To Birth Of Healthy Children
In vitro fertilization or IVF an alternative choice for women to achieve a successful pregnancy is going to prove more effective than earlier due to the latest advancements in medical technology. According to a new research, couples looking to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization treatment may potentially improve the chances of success by identifying the mutations in embryos, and thus selecting those with the highest chances of resulting in a successful pregnancy.
The new study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers from the United States and China while describing a method said for the first time combines the latest in gene sequencing technologies with other genomic-based strategies to identify those mutations, leading to better detection and allowing for the improved selection of human embryos for IVF. Two healthy babies were born after the method was used to select embryos.
According to the fertility experts, the new IVF screening technology described by them is “safe, accurate, and cost-efficient means for performing comprehensive chromosome screening, and single-gene defect diagnosis.”
The researchers selected mutation-free embryos for the two couples, each resulting in the birth of a healthy girl free of the parents’ genetic problems. The scientists noted that the method is limited to parents who already have known genetic disorders, and cannot be used for the general population.
Evolution & Advancements in IVF Treatment
IVF has evolved over the years since the world’s first IVF baby Louise Brown was born in 1978. With the success of in vitro fertilization (IVF), scientist Robert Edwards and his gynaecologist colleague Patrick Steptoe had changed the future for infertile couples around the world. The advances continue. Today, IVF is a far more streamlined process. Women are treated as day patients, and there are no three-hourly urine collections, no hours of crouching after egg collection. In addition to it, with the advent of intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where sperm are injected directly into the egg, has meant that male fertility problems can be treated too. The multiple birth rate, which has been the biggest health risk from IVF, has been reduced. Overall IVF treatment in India and all over the world has helped thousands of people, people they hadn’t never imagined, to have babies. It is estimated more than five million babies are born through IVF and the success rate is increasing.
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