The Mouse Egg as a Model in In Vitro Fertilization and Cryobiology

  • F. Leroy
  • A. Massip
  • F. Puissant


Human in vitro fertilization (IVF), as many other medical advances, owes much to work performed on the laboratory mouse. It appears, for instance, that the vast majority of papers which have dealt with the composition and adjustment of media for mammalian IVF and embryo culture have been based on work with mice. Since the genetics of this species has become well-known, mouse eggs are also largely employed in experimental embryology and have become the tool of choice for mammalian transgenic experiments which are being carried out in an increasing number of laboratories [1]. In relation to clinical IVF, mouse embryos are extensively used for routine quality control of culture media and vessels.


Mouse Embryo Embryo Transfer Mouse Oocyte Uterine Horn Vitro Fertilization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Leroy
    • 1
  • A. Massip
    • 2
  • F. Puissant
    • 1
  1. 1.Human Reproduction Research Unit and IVF Clinic, St Pierre HospitalFree University of BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and Animal Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary MedicineUniversity of LiègeBelgium

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