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Synthetic media for culture, freezing and vitrification of bovine embryos

J. F. Hasler

Bioniche Animal Health, Inc., NE1335 Terre View Drive, Pullman, WA 99163, USA. Email: jfhasler05@msn.com
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Media designed for the recovery, holding and cryopreservation of bovine and equine embryos are available from several commercial sources. In years past, some of these media contained bovine serum, although inclusion of serum in embryo transfer media is now largely discontinued due to issues relating to storage and biosecurity. Currently, bovine serum albumin (BSA) is included in most commercially manufactured media intended for use in embryo transfer (ET). Although BSA poses less risk than serum for the transmission of infectious disease, its inclusion still entails risk of viral contamination. The present review briefly describes the various components of ET media and the development of efficacious ET media containing no products of animal origin. An evaluation of the efficacy of recovery, holding, slow controlled freezing and vitrification media in both research and commercial ET embryo transfer settings is also presented.

Keywords: embryo media, embryo transfer, media formulations.

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