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|Title:||Future of assisted reproductive technologies.|
|Authors:||Ng, S.C. |
|Citation:||Ng, S.C., Bongso, T.A., Chan, C.L., Hagglund, L., Devendra, S., Soon, S.B., Ratnam, S.S. (1990-11). Future of assisted reproductive technologies.. Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore 19 (6) : 841-844. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||Within a decade, from the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, there has been tremendous advances in the field of assisted reproduction. These advances are the collective result of techniques known as Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). ART is defined as techniques in which the oocyte is handled in-vitro before replacement either as oocytes or embryos. The techniques in ART include in-vitro fertilisation and embryo replacement (IVF-ER), gamete intra-fallopian transfer (GIFT), tubal embryo (TET), donor oocytes and embryos, and freezing of embryos and oocytes. The most recent has been assisting fertilisation by micro-manipulation, including zonal procedures and micro-insemination, e.g. micro-insemination sperm transfer (MIST). There has also been many ethical issues in ART, and little advance in the "take home" baby rate. There is now major interest in co-culture of embryos with ampullary, endometrial and fibroblast mono-layers, to improve the quality of these embryos before their return into the mother. Because of the public's interest in ART, its usefulness has been "oversold". In time to come, ART may be limited to patients who really need it.|
|Source Title:||Annals of the Academy of Medicine Singapore|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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