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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73-92
OMICS: Current and future perspectives in reproductive medicine and technology

1 Andrology Laboratory and Semen Bank, Instituto Universitario, IVI Valencia, Spain
2 IVF Laboratory Instituto Universitario, IVI Valencia, Spain
3 Dispur Polyclinic, Guwahati, Assam, India

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Rocío Rivera Egea
Andrology Laboratory and Semen Bank, Instituto Universitario IVI, Calle Guadassuar Bajo 1, 46015 Valencia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-1208.138857

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Many couples present fertility problems at their reproductive age, and although in the last years, the efficiency of assisted reproduction techniques has increased, these are still far from being 100% effective. A key issue in this field is the proper assessment of germ cells, embryos and endometrium quality, in order to determine the actual likelihood to succeed. Currently available analysis is mainly based on morphological features of oocytes, sperm and embryos and although these strategies have improved the results, there is an urgent need of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools. The emergence of the - OMICS technologies (epigenomics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) permitted the improvement on the knowledge in this field, by providing with a huge amount of information regarding the biological processes involved in reproductive success, thereby getting a broader view of complex biological systems with a relatively low cost and effort.

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