Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis




PGD and PGS offer great hope to many couples trying to prevent passing on genetic abnormalities and to couples trying to conceive without success. Much confusion exists as to the promise and failure of these procedures. Our guest is one of the leading geneticists and researchers on PGD/PGS, Dr. Mark Hughes, Professor of Genetics, Medicine and Pathology, and Director, Applied Genomics Technology Center of Michigan.


+ Highlights of the show (click to expand)

  • What is preimplantation genetic diagnosis?
  • What is embryo screening?
  • What chromosomes can be tested for?
  • What diseases can be tested for?
  • At what time in embryo development should the embryo be biopsied? 3 day? 5 day?
  • Does it hurt an embryo to remove cells?
  • If you go through PGD do you also need to do either CVS or amniocentesis?
  • Can you and should you screen for genes that cause cancer?
  • Does Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis increase the risk for monozygotic identical twins?
  • How much use is genetic counseling?
  • Does PGD result in higher pregnancy rates?
  • Can PGD reduce the risk of miscarriage?

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