Assessment of Mammalian Embryo Quality: Invasive and non-invasive techniques

Springer Science & Business Media
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Thanks to enormous scientific efforts of the last decades, in vitro fertilization (IVF) and in vitro production (IVP) have now been introduced successfully in the practice of human infertility treatment and cattle breeding programs. This comprehensive book allows us to bridge the knowledge from both biomedical and veterinary fields of research.
For the first time, studies concerning the human embryo as well as embryos from domestic species are brought together. The central theme of the book is "the assessment of mammalian embryo quality". In 15 chapters, written by well-known scientists, different aspects of the assessment of mammalian embryo quality are summarized. Non-invasive and invasive techniques to evaluate embryo quality are separated in two parts.
In addition the book is provided with appendices on practical aspects and, thus, the book should be present in each laboratory for IVF and IVP.
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Publisher
Springer Science & Business Media
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Published on
Dec 6, 2012
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Pages
406
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ISBN
9789401003438
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Clinical Medicine
Medical / Gynecology & Obstetrics
Science / Life Sciences / Developmental Biology
Science / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
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