February 23, 2010
Dr. Allan King's research on improving in-vitro fertilization success by adding thyroid hormone is highlighted in today's Globe and Mail.
King, along with PhD student Fazl Ashkar, discovered that adding the synthetic hormone to bovine eggs after fertilization boosts the number of viable embryos by 30 per cent. They also found the hormone-treated embryos were more advanced in morphology and cell number and had fewer damaged cells than embryos developed without the hormone.
This research has implications for the success rates of human in-vitro fertilization because embryo development is similar in both.