Reproductive biotech company of BioXcell of Beverly Massachusetts has developed a method to enhance fertilization using a device placed inside a woman to hold both eggs and sperm.
The Invocell device is a sealed capsule that allows fertilisation to take place inside the body, in the vaginal cavity. A woman would first be given mild drugs to stimulate her ovaries, and then eggs would be removed from them while she is under sedation. Up to seven eggs are then put into the Invocell capsule, along with washed sperm. The capsule is then placed inside the vagina. After three days the patient would return for a second appointment, in which the capsule is removed and any fertilised embryos are examined for quality. The best one or two would then be transferred to the womb.
This approach cuts costs by avoiding the need for a lab where eggs get artificially inseminated and embryos grow. The woman's body serves in place of the lab but with the capsule to bring an assortment of eggs together with the sperm. The device keeps the eggs together where they can be easily found once fertilized.
|Share |||Randall Parker, 2008 April 29 10:07 PM Biotech Reproduction|