Question Video: Identifying the Incorrect Statement about IVF Biology

The process of creating “test-tube babies” is more commonly known as in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Which of these statements is not correct about IVF? [A] In IVF, the egg and the sperm meet in a petri dish in a laboratory environment to produce embryos. [B] IVF produces embryos that can be implanted immediately or cryopreserved for later pregnancies. [C] In IVF, the semen is artificially placed in the uterus of the female for egg fertilization. [D] IVF allows many infertile couples in the world to have babies.

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The process of creating test-tube babies is more commonly known as in vitro fertilization, IVF. Which of these statements is not correct about IVF? (A) In IVF, the egg and the sperm meet in a petri dish in a laboratory environment to produce embryos. (B) IVF produces embryos that can be implanted immediately or cryopreserved for later pregnancies. (C) In IVF, the semen is artificially placed in the uterus of the female for egg fertilization. (D) IVF allows many infertile couples in the world to have babies.

IVF is a technique used in artificial, or assisted, reproduction that helps many infertile couples have children. During IVF, the sperm and eggs are collected and combined outside the body in a petri dish for fertilization. This creates embryos that can be transferred to the uterus immediately, or they can be frozen at very low temperatures in a process called cryopreservation for future use.

Other methods of assisted reproduction include artificial insemination where semen is transferred to the uterus. And when the female ovulates, an egg can then be fertilized. But this process is not IVF because the sperm and eggs aren’t combined outside the body.

Therefore, answer choice (C) is correct because it describes a technique that is not correct about IVF. In IVF, the semen is artificially placed in the uterus of the female for egg fertilization.

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