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Did You Know?: Hardy Frozen Embryos

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Air date: November 30, 2008

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Frozen embryos may be healthier, according to three recent studies. A Finnish study found that babies born from normal embryos are 35% more likely to be premature and 64% more likely to be underweight than frozen embryo babies.

A study from the University of Pennsylvania found that fresh embryo babies were 51% more likely to be underweight at birth and 15% more likely to die at birth.

Similarly, an Australian study found that just more than 12% of babies born from fresh embryos were premature, compared to only around 9% of frozen embryo babies.

So why do babies born from frozen embryos appear to be hardier? Scientists speculate that it could be due to only the strongest embryos surviving the freezing process.

And now you know.

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