The most precious gift of all
Posted by Bert Maes on December 23, 2009
The latest article from the View from the Mill blog:
The great thing about working in CNC manufacturing, is the sheer breadth of technologies and applications with which we are involved. From motorsports, such as Formula 1 and NASCAR, through to aerospace engineering, LCD TV manufacture, and digital printing, CNC machining is making a real contribution.
However, perhaps the most exciting developments are in medical applications, where for example the Renishaw neurosurgical products are being used in Deep Brain Stimulation procedures to help improve the quality of life for sufferers of degenerative diseases such as Parkinsons.
And what can be greater than making a contribution to the generation of life itself? Infertility affects at least one-in-six couples in Britain and one-in-eight in the USA, with the most common cause male infertility, usually characterised by sperm with little or no mobility.
A common treatment for such cases is in vitro fertilisation (IVF), where sperm is injected into an egg in a laboratory and then transferred to the mother’s uterus. However, the genetic material (DNA) in sperm with limited mobility is often damaged and can affect the success rate of IVF treatment.
Using Renishaw’s inVia Raman microscope, the universities of Edinburgh and California are jointly working on a method to non-destructively test the DNA of sperm and then select the best sperm for IVF. Like most pioneering research there are no guarantees of success, but the final result would be a system that can rapidly give a health report for individual sperm.
Have a great Christmas, a fantastic start of 2010 and consider the difference CNC machining specialists are making for the world…