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A new method of observing the development of human embryos in their earliest stages is improving the success rate of in vitro fertilization treatment, according to its Hungarian inventor. Here's more.
Three year old Balasz and his baby sister Emma were born after IVF treatment - but Emma's chances of being born were much greater than her brother's.
Technology recently developed in their home city of Budapest, allowed Emma's development as an embryo to be monitored constantly - giving IVF experts a much more reliable method of choosing the healthiest embryos to implant in the mother's womb.
A huge difference from the conventional method of choosing an embryo according to Emma's mother, Szilvia Frideczky.
[Szilvia Frideczky, Mother]:
"With Balazs, three were implanted but only one out of the three developed, but this was two out of two and so we started off with really good chances."
The system, called Primo Vision, closely monitors each embryo's growth under a digital microscope in a stress free, low light environment, increasing the chance of producing a
baby, according to its developer, Csaba Pribenszky.
[Csaba Pribenszky, Primo Vision Inventor]:
"Ladies who come for infertility treatment they can use mild stimulation, less hormone levels, they can produce less but a lot higher quality embryos, and among these high quality embryos there can be one or two chosen for being transferred with a lot higher chance of pregnancy."
Conventional IVF methods usually require the implantation of multiple embryos in the hope that at least one develops.
Primo Vision has proven to be a more reliable system, obviating the need to produce and waste embryos while also lowering the chances of producing twins or triplets.
Around thirty IVF clinics are already using the system...