Low-cost DNA scanning results in cheaper IVF


For people who have tried to conceive through in-vitro fertilization or IVF, they know it can be very expensive. A new method is much more affordable.

Fertility experts in the United Kingdom have developed a test that can pick healthy embryos for IVF procedures, which cost about two-thirds less than current screening tests.

Researchers at the University of Oxford used low-cost DNA scanning methods to choose embryos that did not have chromosomal abnormalities. Implanting embryos that don't have defects significantly improves the chance for success.

So far one successful pregnancy resulting in a full-term birth can be attributed to the new screening test. However, outside experts say the results need to be confirmed in larger studies.