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Egg’s wiggle may predict IVF success

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A new technique to identify embryos likely to result in successful pregnancies could be used in humans, according to scientists, who have tested the method with mice.

The discovery by scientists at Cardiff University could potentially boost in vitro fertilization (IVF) success rates and help to reduce the number of multiple births.

“We already know from previous research in mice that sperm entry into the mouse egg triggers ‘rhythmic cytoplasmic motions,’ which may help to predict successful embryo development,” says Professor Karl Swann, who led the research.

“Adopting this key method we have now been able to show that the same type of rhythmic movements occur in human eggs,” he adds.

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