A new University of Missouri discovery could decrease the costs associated with IVF in humans, and it all started with piglets. Credit: Nicholas Benner.
A new University of Missouri discovery could decrease the costs associated with IVF in humans, and it all started with piglets.

Piglets might unlock IVF in people

Serendipitous discovery found three compounds that could revolutionize both piglet and human IVF treatments.

It is estimated that parents seeking to have children through in vitro fertilization (IVF) spend between $12,000 and $15,000 each session, plus the cost of medications, which could average $3,000-5,000.

Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have made a discovery -- published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science -- that could decrease the costs associated with IVF in humans, and it all started with piglets.

R. Michael Roberts, an Universi

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