Genetic Diagnosis ( Pgd )

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Couples who have a known family genetic disorder understandably consider undertaking the PGD process. They look at PGD as an option to ensure that they produce a healthy offspring or to ensure a better chance of producing a healthy offspring. This is the main reason why there is the need for PGD. People who have tried In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and failed are also likely to try/demand PGD. Other possibe candidates for PGD are people with chromosomal disorders, women age 35 and over and women expericning reoccuring pregnancy lose.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technology which allows genetic testing of an embryo prior to implantation and before pregnancy occurs. It is used in conjunction with IVF and allows only those embryos diagnosed as being free of a specific genetic disorder to be transferred into a woman for pregnancy.
The process of PGD occurs in six main steps. The first step requires the participant to undergo normal IVF treatment to collect and fertilise their eggs. Then the collected embryo is grown in the laboratory for two to three days until the cell have divided and the embryo consists of around eight cells. Once this stage is reached a training embryologist will remove one or two of the cells from the embryo. The fourth step involves the cells being tested. They are tested to see whether the embryo in which they removed contains the gene that causes the specific genetic condition in their family. The following step involves the embryos
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