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Biotechnology: IVF

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In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is a fertility treatment where human eggs are fertilized in a lab and then transferred back into a body for pregnancy. Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the process. Chapters: 0:00 intro 0:10 What is IVF? 0:28 Step 1: Preparation 1:00 Step 2: Ovarian Stimulation 1:44 Step 3: Egg Retrieval 2:16 Step 4: Fertilization 2:38 Step 5: Embryo Development 3:08 Step 6: Embryo Transfer 3:46 Step 7: Possible Pregnancy.

A ground-breaking microscopic device is revolutionising IVF treatment, increasing women's chances of creating a family.

Behind the scenes at an IVF clinic


Although IVF has been around for over 30 years, it is still a matter of debate today for a variety of reasons. With IVF clinics, the ethical questions arise from the fact that new lives are being created by the doctors and nurses involved. The welfare of the unborn child must be considered. Should unmarried couples get treatment? What about those where one partner has children from a previous relationship? Other questions can also arise, such as whether parents should be able to select the gender, eye colour, hair colour or any other feature of their child. This can include selecting children in order for them to be suitable as donors (bone marrow, kidney) for older siblings. These issues are not dealt with by individual ethics committees but are instead decided by the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority). This government organisation inspects and regulates fertility clinics in the UK. This video investigates the range of issues surrounding IVF treatment, considering both religious and moral perspectives, alongside the current legislation and practice in Britain.

IVF Australia

For many Australian couples, the journey to parenthood does not always happen as quickly as they expect. Fortunately, advances in assisted conception treatments can make a real difference.

Cleveland Clinic

IVF (in vitro fertilization) is a type of fertility treatment where eggs are combined with sperm outside of your body in a lab. It’s a method used by people who need help achieving pregnancy. IVF involves many complex steps and is an effective form of assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Monash IVF

The IVF process takes eggs and sperm and combines them in a culture dish in a lab. If the natural process occurs and they fertilise, an embryo will form. We take the tiny embryo (0.2 mm) and insert it into the uterus. If it grows and develops, you’ll take your baby home nine months later

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