New: In-vitro Fertilization Cost Dramatically Reduced

New: In-vitro Fertilization Cost Dramatically Reduced

The Walking Egg

When a couple can’t conceive, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) may help. But the hefty price tag limits its use to rich couples or those who have great insurance; it also suggests growing an egg outside the womb requires high-tech equipment. The Walking Egg Lab achieves the right incubation pH and temperature with just a basic cooler containing vials of citric acid and bicarbonate, cutting the cost of IVF by a factor of five to ten. “It’s so easy nobody believes it,” says fertility specialist Willem Ombelet. He co-founded the Walking Egg nonprofit with embryologist Jonathan Van Blerkom, who initially came up with the method to transport cattle embryos. So far, 17 babies have been born in Belgium via this lab; trials are set for England and South Africa in coming months. $300