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    Scientists Discover Test To Identify Embryos Boosting IVF Success Rates By 50%

    According to published figures, the average IVF clinic has an average IVF success rate of just 20-30 per cent, but now fertility scientists have discovered a new means of identifying embryos that can be successfully implanted into the womb, boosting IVF success rates to around 50%. Researchers from the University of Oxford say that it is the presence of high levels of DNA from energy-producing cells in the embryo that will make an embryo fail to implant. The IVF team of scientists have discovered a threshold, or cut-off point, below which embryos would be guaranteed for a successful implant, and above which many would fail to do so, having investigated whether the amount of mitochondrial DNA found to be present in early-stage embryos would affect the chances of implantation after being transfered into the womb.

    IVF research scientist Dr Elpida Fragouli, said that this newly discovered test was in effect a "new independent biomarker of embryo viability", which would help doctors to choose the embryos which were most likely to result in a successful pregnancy. She said that the majority of IVF clinics had an average success rate of between 20 & 30% of women having a baby after being treated with IVF, but that this figure could be increased to about 40% after pre-implantation genetic screening of the egg or embryo for chromosome abnormalities which are one of the major causes for miscarriages...

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