Understanding and Assisting Reproduction in Wildlife Species Using Microfluidics

Severine le Gac*, Marcia Ferraz, Bastien Venzac, Pierre Comizzoli*

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Abstract

Conservation breeding and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are invaluable tools to save wild animal species that are on the brink of extinction. Microfluidic devices recently developed for human or domestic animal reproductive medicine could significantly help to increase knowledge about fertility and contribute to the success of ART in wildlife. Some of these microfluidic tools could be applied to wild species, but dedicated efforts will be necessary to meet specific needs in animal conservation; for example, they need to be cost-effective, applicable to multiple species, and field-friendly. Microfluidics represents only one powerful technology in a complex toolbox and must be integrated with other approaches to be impactful in managing wildlife reproduction.

Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in biotechnology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print/First online - 7 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Reproductive biology
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Microfluidics
  • Assisted reproductive technologies

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