A team of scientists received an international award by a new project in the field of assisted fertilization which, through a non-invasive and low-cost methodology, might increase the rate of pregnancies and decrease the percentage of multiple pregnancies. The technique, which consists in identifying and selecting in a group of embryos the most viable and prone to develop, is quick and easy to implement.
The work of a group of researchers from the University and the Conicet is to understand how the defense system of the body avoids fertilization. They could identify the action of antibodies in some cases of infertility classified as “without apparent cause”. The scientists say that the routine techniques to detect infertility leave many possibilities out and that the immunological causes of infertility haven’t been taken into account appropriately.
The laboratory of Animal Biotechnology develops cloning techniques to protect endangered species. The scientists work with cheetah and tiger embryos, among other species, and exchange knowledge with researchers from Australia and India, where it is planned to set up a frozen zoo, aimed at preserving the genetic material of felines, rhinos, elephants and black bears and perform assisted reproduction.