Assisted Fertilization and Nuclear Transfer in Animals
Synopsis Leading investigators present herein a broad-based reference on the use of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) in both experimental and clinical settings. Statistics show that in the US alone, 11,315 women gave birth in 1995 to children conceived by some form of ART. The book opens with a review of the historical development and application of these technologies which, as often is the case, preceded their clinical application. Updates on the most dynamic clinical areas are presented including those for gamete and embryo cryopreservation, intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and oocyte in vitro maturation. Moreover, the new field of somatic cell nuclear transfer or cloning is reviewed with attention to both the underlying physiology and to the potential application in the preservation of endangered species and human reproduction. The coverage of subjects is approached from both a basic scientist's and a practicing physician's perspective in an effort to encourage communication and understanding between these often diverse groups, thus making this a significant work for the student, practicing clinician or research scientist interested in the latest developments in these important and fast moving fields.