Journal article

Increasing dehydration of human cleavage-stage embryos prior to slow cooling significantly increases cryosurvival

David H Edgar, Jerustin Karani, Debra A Gook

REPRODUCTIVE BIOMEDICINE ONLINE | REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE LTD | Published : 2009

Abstract

Increasing the proportions of embryos and blastomeres which survive cryopreservation would be expected to make a significant contribution to the outcome of assisted reproduction treatment. Despite this, the methodology used for slow cooling of human cleavage-stage embryos has remained largely unchanged for over two decades. Previous studies have demonstrated the value, in terms of cryosurvival, of increasing the extent of intracellular dehydration by increasing the concentration of non-permeating cryoprotectant prior to slow cooling of oocytes and embryos which have been biopsied for preimplantation genetic diagnosis. The present study extends the use of this approach to the slow cooling of ..

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