UCSF Center for Reproductive Health (CRH) Research Bank
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The purpose of this study is to provide a reference profile of small extracellular RNAs in body fluids. These samples were originally obtained in a study that had a different purpose. The purpose of the original study was to add excess biological materials during the course of IVF treatment to a tissue bank. These biological materials included follicular fluid (the liquid that comes out of the ovary with the egg), granulosa cells (cells that surround the egg and help it grow), and other biological materials that help eggs, sperm, and embryos stay healthy and grow outside the body. These banked specimens would allow researchers to learn more about infertility and how to treat it, including studying how to identify the healthiest eggs, sperm, and embryos and how to help them stay healthy and grow.