Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Scientists attach Barcodes to Mouse Embryos.

Scientists from Spain's Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), have successfully tagged mouse embryos and oocytes (egg cells) with microscopic silicon bar code labels and they hope to one day try this on human embryos and oocytes in the near future.
...The question all of us non-scientists have is "Why!"
The purpose of the system is to streamline in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer procedures. If egg cells and embryos can be quickly and easily identified, then things should run much smoother, and success rates should be higher.

via gizmag

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