Today, I want to show you around our IVF Lab, how we have made it into a giant uterus and how one must work in it.
First, I must ask you to imagine the inside of a uterus…
How lit up is it? Well, it isn’t at all, so our lab recreates its darkness.
What’s its fragrance? It doesn’t smell like anything. The environmental control ensures that our biologists don’t use any cosmetics or perfumes. Luckily, they’re allowed to use deodorant, though it can’t contain any alcohol or additional scent.
How warm is it? Exactly 37ºC. It counts with a constant temperature control system that supervises both the incubators’ heat and the surfaces where the cult sheets with the embryos are placed.
What do we find in the uterus? Its inner layer is known as the endometrium. Throughout the menstrual cycle it changes and prepares its surface, producing a fluid that will enable the embryo to nest. We recreate this in a fantastic way: we place these endometrial substances in our cult means.
What don’t we find? Pollution of any kind, of course. You can’t even imagine how hard this is to achieve!
Having a sterile atmosphere implies counting with lots of technology and effort. We must prevent all germ-like pollutants from entering, as well as our “special enemies”: organic volatile compounds. These chemical substances are found in paint, solvents, hairspray, cosmetics, etc, and remain in the atmosphere as vapors. They tend to stick to greasy means. Our cult means contain oils, and these substances are embryotoxic.
To access our lab, you must wear a clean uniform, hat, and shoes, and you must take all accessories off, such as a watch or makeup.
When you open the door, you’re surprised by the positive pressure. You feel a slight breeze on your face that prevents the air outside from entering the lab.
The floor is covered with a material that discharges static electricity, and, at first, your feet get stuck to its particle-absorbing rugs.
The ceiling has absolute carbon active filters that maintain the air in the room pure.
The work cabins have a CO2 and humidity concentration that are much higher than normal, since it’s how embryos like to rest. The tables are hydraulic, so when our biologists lean on them they don’t transfer their vibrations to the embryos.
By the way, cell phones don’t ring in the uterus, so they aren’t allowed our lab either. This way we prevent any damages caused by their radiofrequency.
As you can see, we treat our embryos like marquises.