When it comes to in vitro fertilization, doctors are realizing that simplier is better, forgoing expensive shots and $60,000 incubators for cheaper fertility tablets, two test tubes and a special solutions that have the same results.
According to fertility expert Jonathan Van Blerkom from the University of Colorado, “a human embryo doesn’t need much beyond some basic solutions, steady pH level and constant temperature.”
In fact, his technique involves using one test tube to prepare a solution including carbon dioxide (which creates the ideal conditions for fertilization), which is then transferred to the second tube and adding one egg and several thousand sperm before being placed in a heating block. After a day or two the resulting embryo is examined, and implanted in a woman’s womb provided all is well. Total cost is about $265.
Blerkom’s method not only saves couples an enormous amount of money, but provides much needed help for couples looking to have children in, both in the US and Europe, as well as in developing (third world) countries that do not have the resources for current in vitro practices.
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