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Biological Sciences

More research into the earliest stages of life

Published: 21 December 2011

Tom Fleming, Professor of Developmental Biology, has been awarded 500,000 euros as part of a major European grant to research how In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment can affect the ageing process.

Collaborators in the EpiHealth project include the Universities of Cambridge and Manchester and several European universities.

“Our work will examine how the environment at the onset of life can have a long term effect on ageing,” says Tom. “The University of Southampton has many strengths in this kind of research and this project will add to our understanding of the earliest stages of life.”

Scientists in Biological Sciences will work with Professor Nick Macklon and colleagues in Medicine to explore the development of the embryo and how it may be influenced by IVF.

This technique has been in use since the 1970s so considerable data on babies born after this process is now available for analysis.

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