Scientists have only a few weeks to block a patent that could have serious implications for couples seeking IVF treatments in Europe. This is the stark warning from researchers writing in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine Online.
They state that the granting of a patent for a technique known as time-lapsed microscopy (TLM), by the European Patent Office in January, could result in significant increases in the cost of IVF treatments. According to the journal, a test based on the technique – which involves measuring the first three cell cycles in a human embryo – could make dramatic improvements in IVF success. Such a test could cost £750
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