With the advent of Assisted Reproductive Technologies, our understanding of the reproductive system in both men and women has progressed in an exponential manner.
Along with this increase in knowledge has emerged new and advanced laboratories performing unique techniques aimed at diagnosing and treating infertility problems. And as these laboratories expand, the need for properly trained technicians has also emerged. But while many ART labs are staffed with biologists well trained in reproductive research techniques, they lack the necessary skills to effectively manage these labs.
The Handbook of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory addresses many of the management issues and basic background information on reproductive biology and medicine needed by the technicians staffing and directing these ART labs. Internationally recognized experts in the field discuss various topics in this handbook, which:
With its in-depth analysis of management issues, as well as basic background information on reproductive biology and medicine, the Handbook of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory serves as an ideal guide for current investigation and as a stimulus for future developments in the field.
Overview of Spermatogenesis and Ejaculation
Evaluation of Male Infertility
Ovarian Stimulation and Ovulation Induction
Oocyte and Pre-Embryo Classification
Oocyte and Embryo Culture
Micromanipulation of Human Gametes, Zygotes, and Embryos
Quality Control: A Framework for the ART Laboratory
Internal and External Quality Control in the Andrology Laboratory
Quality Assurance in the Embryology, Andrology, and Endocrine Laboratories
Quality Control, Quality Assurance, and Management of the Cryopreservation Laboratory
Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA '88): A Review
The Physician-Laboratory Relationship
Ethics and the Assisted Reproductive Technologies
Managed Care and ART