Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

The team at Genesis Genetics works closely with your IVF clinic to offer PGD as an option to individuals and couples that are at risk of passing on an inherited genetic disorder to their unborn child.

How does PGD work?

Used in conjunction with in vitro fertilisation (IVF), PGD is a laboratory procedure that is used to help detect single gene diseases. Genesis Genetics was the first laboratory to perform this kind of testing and has a team that is globally known for its experience in testing for some of the rarest genetic conditions around. Families affected by essentially any inherited disease can reduce the risk of passing it onto their offspring using PGD. In addition, families in search of a bone marrow donor are able to use PGD to bring a child into the world that is able to provide matching stem cells.

We work hand in hand with your IVF clinic to offer PGD as an option to couples that are at risk. Once we receive cheek swab samples and DNA test results, our team is able to build a probe that’s custom made for your family. Once the probe is complete we then analyse the biopsied cells in order to determine which embryos have inherited the disease and which of them are free from it. The results of which are passed on to your IVF clinic.

Many IVF centres around the world offer PGD as one of their services and it is highly recommended to use a centre that has a proven track record and experience with PGD, because achieving the best outcome with an embryo biopsy is reliant on highly skilled procedures. One of the most important factors in the entire process is the level of communication and collaboration between the IVF team and the PGD team. The IVF centre may be hundreds of miles from the PGD reference laboratory requiring transportation of the single cells removed from the embryos growing in the incubator at the IVF centre.

To learn more about PGD, watch the below video.

We understand that this process can be quite daunting, which is why our genetic counsellors and physicians are available to answer all of the questions relating to your situation.



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