A team of biologists and engineers at Monash University have developed a non-invasive method for the visualization of embryos as they form, which could have big implications for IVF success rates.
The new method allows researchers to see all cells within mammalian embryos under a microscope as they develop. This lets them select the healthiest embryos for implantation, thus improving the chances of successful, healthy pregnancies through IVF.
Researchers have been able to use the new technology to study how cells move around within the embryo, which has helped them understand which cells go on to form the body, and which cells go on to become support cells such as placenta. This new understanding could mean that scientists might one day be able to influence the movement of cells to improve the chances that the right cells will form at the right time to produce a healthy embryo.
While human embryo scanning is still a while off, the future looks bright thanks to the incredible research of Australian universities.
[img source] Monash University
The above story is based on materials provided by Monash University