Belgian researchers have taken important steps towards creating transplantable artificial ovaries. Once successful, these could be of value to women struggling with infertility or cancer patients who cannot conceive after undergoing radiation or chemotherapy. The research team has identified a protein formulation that closely resembles the structure and rigidity of the natural tissue lining a woman's ovaries, says Marie-Madeleine Dolmans of the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium, in an article in Springer's Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.
- Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
- Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique de Belgique, Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche, Fondation St LucFoundation Against Cancer, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Donations from the Ferrero family