Congratulations Jeremy!

Last week we celebrated Jeremy’s academic career which has led him to be in the top 1% of cited researchers for his field across the world! During his Academic career he has been published over 290 times with his focus being the developmental capacity of mammalian oocytes and early embryos.

We congratulate Jeremy on his academic success and the significance it has on the cattle breeding industry. Jeremy will continue his endeavours as Founder & Chief Scientific Officer of ART Lab Solutions and Chief Scientific Officer of Fertilis.

IVF Training

It’s always exciting to have trainees come through and learn quality control measures of an IVF laboratory. Additionally, the team learnt the theory and handling techniques of COC/oocyte maturation, in vitro fertilisation, in vitro culture and cryopreservation. Thank you for being an inspiring bunch!
If you are interested in upskilling your laboratory skills within the reproductive space, get in touch with our team at admin@artlabsolutions.com

IETS 2021 Virtual Meeting

We are proud to be sponsoring the 47th Annual Conference of the International Embryo Technology Society where the latest research and clinical procedures associated with ovulation, superovulation, gonadotropins, IVM, IVF, embryonic developmental stages, oocyte cryopreservation, embryo transfer/cloning as well as the follicle, embryo, oocyte, and sperm cell come together. To register for the virtual conference, see https://www.iets.org/2021/ . To learn more about IVF in cattle, contact our team on admin@artlabsolutions.com.

June’s Tip of the Month – Shelf Life & Storage of Media

Each month we will give a tip on how to improve your results, sourced either from the literature or our own research.

Shelf Life & Storage of Media

Embryo production media is a perishable product that requires cold storage.  Environmental factors that affect a media’s shelf life are light (radiation) and oxygen, along with the media’s composition.  The more ‘complex’ in formulation, the more likely that oxidative damage can occur over time.
When bottling media, one of the keys to prolonging shelf life is minimising the amount of air (oxygen) that is present.  Vacuum packing or inert gassing (we use nitrogen) are ways to prolong stored media immediately after manufacture.  But once a bottle is open and exposed to air again (even if still kept at 4 – 8C), how long will it last?  We have studied this extensively and found that our base medium has a 4-week usable life (serum-free), which is why we recommend using before this time.
But how long can you keep stored medium?  It will really depend on the breakdown rates of individual components, and this is dependent on composition.  This breakdown may be greatly accelerated once the medium is opened, if it is ‘aged’ from storing.  There is no doubt that “fresh is best”.
In a previous “Tip of the Month”, we discussed that serum (or serum substitutes) may be added to reduce the variability in results.  Adding serum will also help to “cover-up” some of the degradation occurring in media over time.  Personally, I am sceptical of claims of 12-month or longer stored media shelf-life in serum-free media.  I would want to see molecular fingerprinting of the stability of the media after that length of storing.
We are researching a new fingerprinting method that will allow us to provide that quality assurance.  In the meantime, we are confident of a 3-month shelf-life of our N2-gassed media.
For more information on this month’s tip, contact admin@artlabsolutions.com