Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists

New Method of Analyzing Embryos May Boost Success at Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists


Chalfont, PA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/29/2015 -- According to a July 8, 2015, Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News article entitled, "Faster Identification of 'Best' Embryos May Boost IVF Success," researchers at Igenomix, Oregon Health & Science University, Stanford University and the University of Valencia have jointly found that a new form of analysis may lead to quicker and more precise identification of embryos suitable for implantation in IVF procedures. Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists, one of the leading fertility clinics in the Philadelphia area, welcomes this news as a potential sign of higher IVF success rates in the future.

Embryos created specifically for IVF have a high rate of chromosomal abnormality—as many as four out of five are not viable for pregnancy and result in miscarriage. Typically, abnormal embryos cannot be identified until five or six days after being created. This poses a problem for fertility doctors because embryos must be implanted three to five days after being created, thus making it difficult to identify abnormal embryos.

However, the new method deployed by researchers may allow for a speedier identification of chromosomally abnormal embryos. Using advances in cell imaging and genetic profiling, the researchers, who published their findings in the journal New Communications on July 7, 2015, found that observing the embryo during the period between fertilization and the eight-cell stage enabled them to accurately predict the chromosomal normality or abnormality of each embryo.

Although more research is needed to clear this method for clinical use, Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists hope that this news will eventually lead to more accurate identification of healthy embryos in regular clinical practices, further enabling them to provide the best fertility care and IVF in the Philadelphia area. The clinic already has a significantly high success rate, with 74% of patients under 35 carrying pregnancies to term.

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About Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists
Dr. Annette Lee, M.D., the physician at Pennsylvania Reproductive Specialists, is double board-certified in OB/GYN and Reproductive Endocrinology. After over a decade perfecting her clinical skills in some of the largest and most successful IVF centers in the US, she established PRS in 2009 with the goal of offering the same cutting edge care in a very patient-friendly environment. awarded Dr. Lee the "Patient's Choice" award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 based on exemplary patient reviews and rating. Dr. Lee was named by Castle Connolly as a "Top Regional Doctor" in 2014 and also named as one of's Top 10 Reproductive Endocrinologists.

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