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.
- Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
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- Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
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