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Fertil Steril. 2010 Sep;94(4):1181-8. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.04.031. Epub 2009 May 29.

Storage of cryopreserved reproductive tissues: evidence that cross-contamination of infectious agents is a negligible risk.

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Arizona Reproductive Medicine Specialists, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.


A misconception in the field of reproductive medicine is that there is a significant risk of cross-contamination during gamete or embryo cryostorage. This article is a review of the available literature on animal models and human IVF and it suggests otherwise. There is a negligible risk of cross-contamination in IVF working conditions.

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