Scottish IVF baby to be a world first

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THE first baby in the world born using a revolutionary IVF technique which greatly increases the chances of success is to be delivered in Scotland next month.

Doctors at the Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine used a procedure known as EEVA (Early Embryo Viability Assessment) to safely identify embryos most likely to develop before selection for transfer into the womb. The baby is due to be born by elective Caesarian.

Researchers at Stanford University in California, who developed the technique, systematically measured three distinct time periods in early human development and were able to predict on day two which embryos would continue development through to day five with a high degree of accuracy.

Statistics show women who are aged under 39 had a 53 per cent rate of implantation using embryos at day five compared with a 29 per cent rate of those transferred on day three.

EEVA technology consists of a microscope which fits inside an incubator and uses time-lapse photography to create a video from the images of the patient’s embryos.

These are analysed by software identifying important timings of cell division which determines the embryo’s viability.