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The Gift of Genetic Testing
This time of year families gather to celebrate holiday traditions, think about the year ahead and remember the years gone by. Health and prosperity are top-of-mind for many as they make resolutions for the New Year. Many couples will make life's most exciting resolution this year--the decision to start a family. While the choice to become a parent can be filled with excitement and exhilaration, some individuals face apprehension and anxiety--knowing that they could pass along genetic diseases to their children. This is where the gift of genetic testing comes in. Every parent wants a happy, healthy baby. Parents will move
When is it safe for PGD to be performed on an embryo?
"PGD performed on an embryo at the Blastocyst Stage(Day5)  is safer than DNA sampling done on Cleavage Stage (Day3) embryos," says Dr. Paul Bergh, MD, FACOG. Pre-Genetic Diagnosis or PGD is a technique that enables people to look at the genetic make-up of an embryo prior to implantation. It can help individuals with a specific inheritance condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their children or by identifying aneuploidy (abnormal number of chromosomes). As you age, you are at an increased risk of genetic abnormalities. These abnormalities lessen your chance of getting pregnant and increase your risk for miscarriage. There

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