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Oocyte Biobanks: Old Assumptions and New Challenges

Department of Molecular Medicine, Laboratory of Forensic Genetics, University of Padova, 35121 Padova, Italy
Academic Editor: Paolo Iadarola
Received: 4 January 2021 / Revised: 10 February 2021 / Accepted: 11 February 2021 / Published: 18 February 2021
The preservation of fertility is a clinical issue that has been emerging considerably in recent decades, as the number of patients of childbearing age who risk becoming infertile for many reasons is increasing. The cryopreservation technique of oocytes has been developed for many years and nowadays constitutes a method of safe storage with impressive efficacy and high rates of successful thawing. The storage and use for research of oocytes taken for medical or non-medical can be carried out by both public and private structures, through egg sharing, voluntary egg donation and so-called “social freezing” for autologous use. This paper focuses on the oocyte bank as an emerging cryopreservation facility, in which a collaboration between public and private and the creation of a network of these biobanks can be useful in enhancing both their implementation and their functions. Good oocyte biobank practice would require that they be collected, stored, and used according to appropriate bioethical and bio-law criteria, collected and stored according to procedures that guarantee the best preservation of their structural components and a high level of safety, connected with appropriate procedures to protect the rights and privacy of the parties involved and associated with the results of the bio-molecular investigations that will be carried out gradually. View Full-Text
Keywords: biobank; oocyte biobank; assisted reproductive technologies; “social freezing” biobank; oocyte biobank; assisted reproductive technologies; “social freezing”
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Tozzo, P. Oocyte Biobanks: Old Assumptions and New Challenges. BioTech 2021, 10, 4. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10010004

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Tozzo P. Oocyte Biobanks: Old Assumptions and New Challenges. BioTech. 2021; 10(1):4. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10010004

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Tozzo, Pamela. 2021. "Oocyte Biobanks: Old Assumptions and New Challenges" BioTech 10, no. 1: 4. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/biotech10010004

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