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Contamination of Human IVF Cultures by Microorganisms: A Review

Introduction

The IVF culture system is not a sterile system. Not only is the environment we work in full of bacteria, fungi and viruses, but our patient’s bodies (follicular aspirates, semen and the vaginal and cervical regions for egg retrieval and embryo transfer) also contain microbes. Regardless of the most meticulous care taken to provide a sterile environment, when eggs, sperm and embryos are cultured, these cultures contain microbes – microbes that can result in the overt contamination of embryo culture media. The demise of valuable embryos…

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