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PGD for hereditary diseases

How can we avoid transmitting these diseases to our progeny?
When we know that a monogenic illness exists in a family it is possible to undertake an in-vitro fertilization cycle with a Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis to discover those embryos that are carrying or affected by the diseases. We then can transfer ONLY healthy embryos.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis makes it possible to have a child without transmitting the genetic disease to him or her.

How many diseases may be studied through Preimplantation Genetric Diagnosis?
Currently the Centre for Embryo Medicine offers the study for over 200 monogenic diseases. This list is constantly being extended given that if the gene responsible is known, it is possible to develop the technique to carry out the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.

What to do to know if the disease we suspect or know affects our family is a candidate for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis?
You can contact our geneticists by e-mail or phone and we will carefully study case.

Once we know that it is possible to carry out a Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis for this disease, what must we do?
The next step is to undertake an informativity study. To this end, we only need a blood sample from the partners (and, if possible, of family members known to carry or be affected by the disease). This test is carried out to optimize the technique for each couple in particular. When the informativity study is completed, the in-vitro fertilization cycle can be started.

Where does the in-vitro fertilization cycle take place?
In order to carry out an in-vitro fertilization cycle with a Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, a assisted reproduction centre is necessary:

- If you do not have an assisted reproduction centre, our team may direct you to the centres serving your community.

- If you already have an assisted reproduction centre, our team will coordinate the process with its physicians.

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