Time-Lapse Photos of Embryos May Lead to Heathier In-Vitro Babies

Embryo at 6 weeks

An interesting new imaging technique in use by fertility experts at the CARE fertility clinic in the United Kingdom may be the key to increasing the likelihood of a successful a IVF therapy. The process involves snapping thousands of images of embryos in development in order to help doctors better select which embryos to implant successfully.

“With time-lapse we have the ability to view more than 5,000 images over the same time period to observe and measure more closely each stage of division and growth. As a result of continuous monitoring we have demonstrated that delays at defined points indicate abnormal development,” said embryology director Alison Campbell at CARE.

The study shows a 56 percent increase in live birth following the use of the technique, but some experts are expressing their concern that the sample size of 69 couples could be too small to make this an absolute solution at this time.

“The advantage of using morphokinetic analysis to predict outcome is its minimal invasiveness,” says Martin Johnson, editor of Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

It’s an interesting concept to use imaging in order to help couples give birth to healthy babies, but the future for this process, at least at this time, is uncertain.

(via The Independent via International Business Times)

Image credit: Embryo @ 6- 7 weeks by lunar caustic

  • Yo

    What do they do with the rest of the babies?

  • Ian Ludwig

    Take one guess. This is reminiscent of the movie Gattica.

  • Tyler

    Embryos, not babies.

  • KolbesD

    Exactly, they’re discarded like rubbish. We were all embryos once with a right to life.

  • Richard Alexander Mands

    If you want to look at it that way, God commits more abortions than anyone else…

  • KolbesD

    Your question is a non sequitur. My point is a moral one which is simply thou shalt not kill.

  • sELF

    As a vegetarian / vegan for nearly 40 years, I empathise with what you say. But, surely, to be realistic, I must say that we / I; kill some thing all of the time in some form or another. That process of destruction we call life. The question is, what do we choose to kill & with what justification, do you not think?

  • KolbesD

    That is true, but as human beings we have an inalienable right to life. If one starts deciding who should live and who shouldn’t based on abnormality or difference, where does it stop? It’s a form of eugenics which the Nazis embraced, but any civilized society wouldn’t.

  • sELF

    I tend to agree with you. But, it is therefore not only human beings who have the right to life, but all creatures. Yet, I choose to try to limit my lifetaking to plant matter. I guess it is a matter of degree…By what degree do we take life.

  • KolbesD

    We do need to respect all life and be good stewards of creation – that is certainly true. But I believe it’s important to protect human life first, based on the golden rule: do unto others as you have done unto you. Then, from there, a healthy respect for, and understanding of, all creation and forms of life will follow.

  • sELF

    I still tend to agree with you. And, as we are alternately reincarnated as humans & then animals / insects etc. All life actions are balanced out in the end. Till our reincarnate duties are fulfilled. At least in my opinion! A pleasure talking with you by the way…Although I must control my ego of the intellect!

  • KolbesD

    My beliefs are Catholic which I’ve found – when followed – offer the most rational, true and balanced meaning to our lives and to creation. I respect you for holding your belief in reincarnation, even though I consider it a false doctrine (no offence, but it would be an injustice to you and dishonest of me to say I believed reincarnation was true). Good to talk with you too – thank you.

  • Keranodine

    You have missed the point entirely. And it shows that you are lucky enough to have never experienced the pain of infertility.
    PS I am typing this while waiting for my wife to wake up from her egg retrieval surgery. God willing one of the egg will be viable and we will have a child of our own.

  • Keranodine

    Just found out out that 1 of the 6 eggs were able to be fertilized! The others were chromosomaly deficient and were discarded.