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Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART), better known as in-vitro-fertilization (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI),  involve manipulation of several steps of conception – from the stimulation of gamete production to the culture of embryos in the laboratory.

These manipulations include: the use of hormones to stimulate ovaries to produce eggs, in vitro maturation of those eggs, the use of immature sperm, the use of ICSI with direct injection of sperm, culture of pre-implantation embryos in the laboratory before transferring back to the uterus, and cryopreservation of either gametes (eggs and sperm) or embryos.

The thing is, any of these steps of ART might alter the normal imprinting process.

I could have equally said, every one of these steps DOES alter the normal imprinting process, only that we don’t know to which extent and what it does for the future health of the child conceived this way.

Please read the entire article here: A few possible downsides of reproductive technologies?