Stem Cell Treatment May Extend Women’s Fertility
Can ladies beat the biological clock? Fertility firm OvaScience says it can help women have healthy babies well into their forties without freezing eggs. Its OvaPrime treatment, which is not yet commercially available, focuses on protecting egg precursor cells — stem cells in the ovaries that become fertile eggs — by moving them to a different area of the ovary. There they can mature without suffering the biological damage associated with aging, allowing doctors to later use them for IVF and hopefully exceed today’s 20-35 percent success rate.