An Algorithm May Soon Help People Make Babies

Companies are developing embryo selection algorithms aimed at boosting the success of IVF

Emily Mullin
Future Human
Published in
6 min readJan 14, 2021

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Computer artwork of in vitro fertilization of an ovum, colored in blue.
Image: Science Photo Library — KTSDESIGN/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images

After two years of grueling attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF) — in which eggs and sperm are combined outside the body, and the resulting embryos are transferred to the womb — Australian couple Lorraine and James Coriakula finally…

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Emily Mullin
Future Human

Former staff writer at Medium, where I covered biotech, genetics, and Covid-19 for OneZero, Future Human, Elemental, and the Coronavirus Blog.