New fertility microscope boosts rates of successful birth

A sophisticated new microscope allows fertility doctors to monitor fertilised eggs in vitro for up to five days - and proponents claim it has boosted pregnancy rates by 50%. It allows doctors to see any abnormal changes and thereby discard defective embryos so that only the best quality ones will be transferred into the womb. Doctors say the microscope has led to 1 in 2 couples having a successful pregnancy.

At present, clinicians have to remove the growing embryos from their incubators, which can only be done once each day. This may… MORE

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