Ask anyone working in an IVF laboratory, and they will tell you that working with quality, consistent materials is right at the top of their priority list. No-one wants to spend their time double-checking the quality of their media.
To ensure the quality and safety of most commercially available culture media, embryo assays are conducted. These tests are designed to confirm the absence of toxic or sub-optimal compounds via successful embryo development.
The majority of commercial media are only tested via the traditional Mouse Embryo Assays (MEA) with zygotes or 2-cell mouse embryos. However at IVF Bioscience we also test our media via Bovine Embryo Assays (BEA) with immature bovine oocytes. The BEA test is far more specific and comprehensive than the MEA equivalent, which allows us to offer a much more thorough and relevant assessment of media performance.
The results of a Bovine Embryo Assay provide a far more reliable indication of how the media tested will really perform in a bovine in vitro embryo production system, when compared to the industry standard Mouse Embryo Assay.
Check out our Quality Assurance page for more information on our manufacturing standards, and the tests, checks and screens conducted on IVF Bioscience media.
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