UK Hospital Plans to Tag Embryos Electronically to Reduce IVF Errors

2 September 2009 (Last Updated September 2nd, 2009 18:30)

The UK's Liverpool Women's National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust is planning to tag embryos electronically to avoid in vitro fertilisation (IVF) errors. The move comes as part of the hospital's £5.5m expansion of its reproductive care services, The Guardian reports.

The UK's Liverpool Women's National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust is planning to tag embryos electronically to avoid in vitro fertilisation (IVF) errors.

The move comes as part of the hospital's £5.5m expansion of its reproductive care services, The Guardian reports.

The new system uses radio frequency tags to identify which patient the dish or tube belongs to when eggs, sperm or embryos are put under a microscope, hospital authorities said.