Rome, July 19 - Italian researchers have been awarded an international prize for a non-invasive fertility treatment that improves the chances of successful embryo implants. The assisted-fertilization method was developed at Rome's Valle Giulia Center for Reproductive and Clinical Medicine. This week it was given an award by the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology at its annual meeting in London. The researchers involved in the study were geneticist Antonio Capalbo, laboratory director Laura Rienzi and center director Filippo Maria Ubaldi. At the meeting, the three presented preliminary results of their innovative research based on the analysis of microRNAs in embryonic origin, which they say promises to greatly increase the capacity to assess the quality of the embryos produced during the cycles of in-vitro fertilization.