First IVF baby with new screening technique
A baby boy has been born to a couple in the USA by IVF involving the use of a new embryo screening approach.
The method uses the latest DNA sequencing techniques and aims to increase IVF success rates while being more affordable for more couples.
The work was a collaborative effort. It received significant support from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, a partnership between Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Oxford. The collaboration also involved industrial partners, in particular the medical diagnostic company Reprogenetics UK.
The new approach can identify embryos with the correct number of chromosomes, and may cut hundreds of pounds off the cost of embryo screening test, Dr Wells says, which currently adds