Planer – It’s a matter of life…


A frozen triumph occurred 26 years ago, in March 1984, when Australian doctors helped the first baby ever to be born from a frozen embryo into the world.

Zoe Leyland’s mother had 11 embryos frozen, using a new type of Controlled Rate Freezer made by London company Planer.

The slow freezing procedure was a breakthrough and now most IVF laboratories worldwide use it – with up to half a million births from embryos stored in liquid nitrogen.

Cold preservation of cells
Human embryology is the newsworthy side of controlled freezing, but from the 1970s cell researchers became increasingly interested in what happens in the freezing process prior to cryogenic sample preservation.

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