Scientific Research Laboratory

Scientific Research Laboratory

The aim of the IVF laboratory can be defined as to preserve the inherent viability of the gametes and embryos in an environment outside of the female reproductive tract. This can only be accomplished by paying meticulous attention to every detail involved in the IVF process, from the use of patient-specific stimulation protocols to the maintenance of a consistent laboratory environment from the time of egg and sperm collection up to the culture and transfer of embryos. It is also absolutely necessary to make sure that gametes and embryos are never exposed to any toxic substance that will eventually decrease their viability, thus decreasing implantation and pregnancy rates.  Although some, but not all, of the materials used in the laboratory including the embryo culture media are already pre-tested by the manufacturer, we further test every batch of culture media (as well as all materials coming in contact with embryos) using a sensitive and robust mouse embryo assay. Another aim of the research laboratory is to develop and maintain standard operating procedures for all activities involving the manipulation of the oocyte, sperm and embryo based on current and solid scientific evidence.

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