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Gently rocking embryos during IVF may improve success rates

Researchers built a device that imitates the motion that embryos experience in the body as they make their way down a mammal’s oviduct (a woman’s Fallopian tube) to the uterus. Currently in IVF, eggs are fertilized with sperm and left to grow for several days in a culture dish that remains still. Then the embryos are transferred to the uterus.

“By making the cells feel more at home, we get better cells, which is key to having better infertility treatment,” said Shu Takayama, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in macromolecular science and engineering.”

Reference: Shu Takayama, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in macromolecular science and engineering & Gary Smith, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the U-M Medical Center; The Journal Human Reproduction.

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