Two 'Cook IVF' ICSI holding pipettes, unsigned, Europe, 1999. Used to inject sperm into the egg in the IVF process.
Eggs need to be fertilised with sperm during IVF (in vitro fertilisation). This usually occurs in the laboratory. The eggs are checked after approximately 20 hours to see if any have been fertilised. If the sperm are slow or weak, sperm is injected directly into the egg using pipettes while looking through a microscope. A human egg (ovum) is approximately 0.1mm in diameter. This means precise coordination is needed.
- Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Contraception
- Object Number:
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- scientific equipment
- laboratory apparatus
- Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Cite this page
We encourage the use and reuse of our collection data.
Data in the title, made, maker and details fields are released under Creative Commons Zero
Descriptions and all other text content are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 licence
Download catalogue entry as json
View manifest in IIIF viewer
Download manifest IIIF
Our records are constantly being enhanced and improved, but please note that we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any information shown on this website.