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Israeli team develops new method of in vitro fertilisation

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 05 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:306
  1. Judy Siegel Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

An Israeli team of male infertility experts have developed a new step in the reproductive medical technique of intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) that they say improves the method's pregnancy rate and the “take home baby” rate.

Professor Benjamin Bartoov, a biochemist and andrologist at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, developed the new method, which is known as intracytoplasmic morphologically selected sperm injection (IMSI) and which has resulted in the births of 101 babies in the past four years.

When ICSI is used in the routine way, one sperm is taken from the sperm pool after routine selection under a regular microscope that magnifies it 200 to 400 times. …

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