In Britain will be the first genetically modified embryos

Committee for control over fertility and embryology and the ethics Committee gave permission to conduct experiments on changing the genome of the embryos. A group of researchers from the Institute of Francis Crick will be to study how genetic manipulation will affect the survival rate of embryos conceived in vitro. Now IVF is a fairly costly and time-consuming manipulation: 50% of fertilized eggs in the first seven days to die, only every eighth egg survives after transplantation and lead to pregnancy.

The first week of life is the most important for the embryo, say experts. They plan to modify the genome to increase the survival rate of fertilized eggs. It is planned to disable and enable about 120 genes. Maybe that combination will solve the problem before the scientists.

If all fails, IVF will become more accessible to women with infertility. Now it takes a lot of time and money to conceive a child by artificial means.

Subscribe to new posts: