Pipette used in IVF, Europe, 1999

Made:
1999 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Pipettes to hold egg and pipette to inject sperm in the process of IVF. Full view, graduated black perspex background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Pipettes to hold egg and pipette to inject sperm in the process of IVF. Detail view of needle, black perspec background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Two 'Cook IVF' ICSI holding pipettes, unsigned, Europe, 1999. Used to inject sperm into the egg in the IVF process.

Eggs need to be fertilised with sperm during IVF (in vitro fertilisation). This usually occurs in the laboratory. The eggs are checked after approximately 20 hours to see if any have been fertilised. If the sperm are slow or weak, sperm is injected directly into the egg using pipettes while looking through a microscope. A human egg (ovum) is approximately 0.1mm in diameter. This means precise coordination is needed.

Details

Category:
Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
Object Number:
2002-384
Materials:
glass, plastic (unidentified)
type:
pipette
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • scientific equipment
  • laboratory apparatus
credit:
Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
status:
Permanent collection

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