Magneted-Activated Cell Sorting (MACS)
The MACS (Magnetic-Activated Cell Sorting), Anexin V Column, is a sperm selection technique that can be applied in some cases and that allows us to select the best sperm (with no signs of apoptosis or programmed cell death), for use in assisted reproduction techniques, improving the quality of embryos and evolutive pregnancy rate. It has been shown that in some infertile patients there is a high number of sperm with apoptosis, such as a high level of DNA fragmentation. In these patients, conventional techniques used for selection of sperm IVF-ICSI or artificial insemination, are not effective enough to eliminate these sperm damaged. MACS is a complementary seminal preparation technique designed to select, in these cases, more viable sperm to fertilize the egg.
Source: Gutenberg Reproduction Clinic
MACS, Anexine v Column, Sperm selection technique
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