A book published by consultant Prof Markus Montag will be of interest to embryologists worldwide. The book "A Practical Guide to Selecting Gametes and Embryos" provides a user-friendly text of processes that can be effectively and easily used in the lab. In the book, published by CRC Press, Markus and his panel highlight proven selection strategies and emphases the importance of proper lab practice in handling gametes and embryos, focussing on improved technologies for identifying viable oocytes, sperm, and embryos.

Markus worked as a laboratory director in 1992 in a private IVF clinic and then became Director of the Reproductive Biology Laboratory at the University Clinic of Bonn - where we got to know him, when he bought some of our BT37 benchtop incubators. In 2011 he became head of the IVF Laboratory at the University Clinic of Heidelbergand went on to found his own company, ilabcomm GmbH, to consult to reproductive laboratories around the world.

This book offers many useful points for applying successful selection strategies - for reducing the rate of high-risk multiple gestations while still maintaining viable pregnancy rates and covers areas including the analysis of a semen samples, prevention of exposure to toxins in oocyte collection and embryo culture, morphological selection of gametes and embryos plus some innovative techniques such as oxygen respiration and time-lapse imaging.

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