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Test boosts chances of IVF success

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, September 22, 2008 | 0 comments

Image: From Byrne, et al. 2007.
Nature 450: 497-502
(Supplementary Material).
Spindle: Visualization of the meiotic spindle in a rhesus monkey oocyte (egg) using the OosightTM spindle imaging system during enucleation. The spindle is near the 12 oclock position in the egg. A new test that can detect if the eggs produced by a woman are defective may prove to be a boon for wannabe mothers who opt for in-vitro fertilisation (IVF). Till now, women would routinely subject themselves to a series of failed IVF attempts without realising they carried defective eggs, which would produce abnormal children.

Medical experts at Delhi’s Phoenix Hospital explain the procedure as follows: “A healthy egg contains a spindle, which holds the complete genetic package. Some eggs don’t contain it. A special imaging system called the spindle view, in use abroad since 2003 and now available in India, makes it easy to check that.”

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