The scientific approach to improving the fertility rate today has made it easier for couples to birth to new one in a gifted manner. Researchers for the first time successfully fertilized a human egg in the laboratory. The eggs were immediately removed from mother’s ovary and kept in the laboratory for full growth till they become ready for fertilization.
This scientific approach can pave a path in saving the eggs of women who lose it after having chemotherapies or other radiation therapy. Evelyn Telfer, lead researcher of the study said, “Developing a fully fertilized egg artificially in laboratories can help in an overwhelming number of fertility problems that women face today.”
Still, we cannot assure how healthy these eggs will be after complete growth, she further added. Even if they are grown healthy, the future scope of the study will be to think if it is properly fertilized by male sperm after introduction in female’s reproductive organ.
The research doesn’t look promising. Simon Fishel, a professor at CARE Fertility Group says, “The egg may not be so healthy as it looks. It facial structure is normal.” The female reproductive system develops millions of immature cells throughout their life. But, only a few among them are capable of fertilization.
These eggs are quite subtle to external environmental conditions and hormone released by reproduction organs. The study will be helpful to those women who have chances of cancer and fear of spreading it to their fetus after fertilization.
Robin Lovell, a leader at Francis Crick Institute says, “The research findings have a number of limitations and we need to work on them first before arriving at any conclusion. Technicalities are poor in this research. We can’ just believe what we see.”
Darren Griffin, another scientist at Kent University said, “This is an impressive initiative and if we are successful to improve its safety measures then it could help in maintaining the fertility rate in cancer patients. It could help in understanding several other biological factors including improving fertility treatments, conducting chemotherapy treatment and getting a knowledgeable idea about the existence of life at earlier stages.”