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Piezoelectric-assisted micromanipulator for assisted reproduction research

Cáceres, 6/10/2021

Today the provider of a Piezoelectric-assisted micromanipulator installs this device in the CCMIJU’s Assisted Reproduction Lab and provides of specific training for its use.

The acquisition of the micromanipulator is part of the project “Embryonic Genetics in Assisted Reproduction” (GENERA), co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the framework of Spain’s Plurirregional Operational Program for Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS) 2014 -2020 and by Consejería de Economía, Ciencia y Agenda Cultural of  Junta de Extremadura.

The objective of GENERA includes the purchase of three devices to expand services in the field of embryonic genetics as well as creating, editing and making traceability of embryos with high genetic value.

The first equipment acquired is the EPPENDORF PiezoXpert Piezoelectric-assisted micromanipulator that supports the creation and possible embryo editing, allowing easy penetration into cells for subsequent microinjection or micromanipulation.

This acquisition will be completed with two other devices that will offer the possibility of developing next-generation embryos, being able to face specific studies of the highest reproductive level and offering studies demanded by companies in the sector.

The project has an eligible budget of €98,000, of which the ERDF co-financing rate (80%) amounts to 78,400 and the national contribution to €21,600. It is expected to be completed in December 2022.

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