New IVF Treatment Promises Tripled Success Rate

Medical breakthrough gives new hope to parents wishing to have children.
1:57 | 05/17/13

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What is being hailed as a breakthrough for people hoping for a child. A simple technique the promises to double the success rate of the hugely popular fertility treatment known as -- death. A huge jump in the number of babies born and prayers answered ABC's Linda Davis tells us how it works. Recent Levine -- the heartbreak of years of unsuccessful. In vitro fertilization. Nearly 300000. Dollars worth of attempts there's no other thing in my life but I can. Think -- -- greater disappointment but according to a new British study this time lapse video of the developing embryo. Could be a game changer so that's the first hour of life. Correct right now the overall IVF success rate in the US is just 32%. But when using these images researchers say there was a dramatic improvement. Nearly doubling the success rate to 61%. We can really Selleck and even more these select. Andrea -- based on how to develop. So -- and relatives this is -- of the materials are put into these incubators with cameras that take microscopic pictures every ten to twenty minutes. The video -- allows doctors to intensely monitor any abnormalities. And ultimately select embryos with the lowest risk of defects and the highest potential to bring -- baby home. Here you can actually see in sequence how the embryo develops that allow you to look -- these embryos and tell you whether these are embryos that are likely to implant. -- embryos that will not. In standard IVF the embryos have to be removed from their incubators -- which risks potential damage and then checked under a microscope just one today still only a single daily snapshot is taken. As opposed to roughly 500 it was a small study only about seventy couples so the findings still need to be replicated. But it's possible that more and more this is what baby's first home movie is going to look like. Lindsey Davis ABC news New York.

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