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Embryos will be fitted with electronic tags to prevent IVF mix ups

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A hospital will fit embryos with electronic tags in a bid to reduce IVF errors

The move was announced by bosses at Liverpool Women’s Foundation trust as part of a £5.5m expansion of its Hewitt Centre for Reproductive Medicine. The expansion will see Hewitt become the largest IVF centre in Europe.

The announcement comes in the wake of several high-profile blunders with IVF in the UK - including the 2002 mix-up that left a white couple with black twins.

In the new system, sperm samples, eggs and embryos will be tracked through the whole IVF process using radio frequency tags.

All dishes, tubes and sample pots containing patients’ samples will have a unique radio tag attached.

Scientific director of the Hewitt Centre, Dr Steve Troup, said the new system will allow doctors to recognise exactly which patient a dish or tube belongs to when eggs, sperm or embryos are put under a microscope.

He added: “In the past we did this manually, which was effective, but this new system will make it even more efficient and avoid any potential problems that have occurred in other hospitals.”

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