What animals can tell us about human reproduction

Apart from the obvious differences, animal and human reproduction show striking similarities. It’s all about eggs and sperm, fertilisation, pregnancy and embryonic development. How fertilisation actually occurs and how a fertilised egg knows how to develop into an intricate adult body, is still not fully understood. By studying the ins and outs of reproduction and development in animals, we hope to unravel aspects of human fertility and assisted reproduction – and everything required for a successful outcome. Read more...

Our research focuses on animals, but also addresses human fertility issues. These studies would not be feasible with human egg cells, but shed light on both animal and human reproduction.