How cryostorage is supposed to protect embryos like those possibly damaged at 2 fertility clinics

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When two different fertility centers (in Ohio and San Francisco) have problems keeping embryos and eggs frozen at the appropriate temperature, the first thing that comes to mind is a power outage, the sort of thing that would affect a home freezer. But freezing and storing are much different when done in a lab, and when what’s being stored are the building blocks of a family’s fertility.

Here’s how cryostorage works.

It’s helpful to know how cryostorage works, and why it’s extremely rare to have such an issue.

Cryofreezing doesn’t depend on electricity at all; it depends on liquid nitrogen.

Nitrogen, …read more