New British test for IVF patients could increase chance of conception by 75%

A cheap test developed by British scientists offers IVF patients the highest ever chance of conceiving and could be available within six months.

Oxford University has found that by looking for abnormal levels of mitochondrial DNA in embryos before implanting, they can raise the odds of pregnancy for a 35-year-old woman to around 75 per cent - virtually the same chance a fertile woman has conceiving naturally at that age.

Mitochondrial DNA act as the cells batteries, and scientists think that too much MtDNA indicates that the embryo is struggling and trying to create more power to compensate.

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