Researchers at an In Vitro Fertilization clinic in Moscow recently undertook an experiment on the effects of dance music on test tube eggs. For 24 hours a day, the sounds of Armin van Buuren’s “A State of Trance” were pumped into the room holding the 758 cell clusters to see if it had any effect on their growth into viable embryos. And they didn’t just put it on quietly in the background, it was blasted at 80 decibels!
The team, headed by Alex Biryukov, found that the eggs to whom the music was played were more likely to grow into embryos, and much more likely to develop to the stage in which they could be implanted in a woman’s body and eventually born into the world as a full blown raver.
Dagan Wells, a professor at the University of Oxford who has studied embyros for over twenty years, suggested that the vibrations from the music created similar conditions to that of the womb. “It is possible that vibrations could simulate some of these effects by agitating the medium, helping to mix the fluid in which the embryo is immersed, diluting potentially harmful chemicals excreted by the embryo and increasing exposure to important nutrients,” he stated.
Basically, the sound waves turn the test tubes into a party-like atmosphere, which keeps things healthy by mixing everything up.
Novel as it may sound, this is not the first study of its like undertaken. Researches in Barcelona played Metallica and Madonna to growing cells, and claimed that it increased the fertilization prospects of the cells by 5%. There have been no studies into the potential long-term harm of having poor embryos subjected to trance for that long and that loud. Sounds like torture to many!