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Cryobiology. 2013 Dec;67(3):391-3. doi: 10.1016/j.cryobiol.2013.08.006. Epub 2013 Aug 26.

Evaluation of the Cryotech Vitrification Kit for bovine embryos.

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Area of Biochemistry, School of Veterinary Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.


The purpose of this work was to assess commercially available Cryotech Vitrification Kit, in terms of survival, in vitro development and pregnancy rate for bovine embryos. Cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were recovered from ovaries obtained from slaughtered cows and then matured in vitro for 22 h. COCs were fertilized by sex-sorted sperm in IVF-mSOF and cultured in IVC-mSOF for 7 days to the blastocyst stage. Blastocysts were vitrified with the Cryotech Vitrification Kit(®) and then either warmed to check viability or transferred to synchronized heifers. We observed 100% survival of the in vitro produced blastocysts and obtained the same pregnancy rate (46.8%) as that obtained using fresh in vitro produced blastocysts. We thus conclude that the Cryotech vitrification method is a valid alternative to other vitrification or slow-cooling methods in the bovine species and that it is ready for livestock production.


Bovine embryo IVP; Bovine embryo vitrification; Cryotech; Vitrification

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