PGD is a laboratory procedure that is used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) to help detect certain diseases. Genesis Genetics was the first to perform this testing and is known globally for our ability to test for some of the rarest genetic conditions. Nonetheless, families affected by essentially any inherited disease can reduce the risk their offspring will suffer that genetic disorder by working with our team. Even families in search of a bone marrow donor may be able to use PGD to bring a child into the world that can provide matching stem cells.
We work with your IVF clinic to offer PGD as an option to couples who are at risk of having a child with an inherited disorder. Once we receive your cheek swab samples and DNA test results, our experts build a probe specifically for your family. When the probe is complete, the biopsied cells are analyzed to determine which embryos have inherited the disease and which embryos are free of the disease. These results are then provided to your IVF clinic.
Many IVF centers offer PGD as part of their services. It is best to use a center that has experience with PGD to achieve the best outcome since embryo biopsy is a highly skilled procedure. Of great importance is the level of communication and collaboration between the IVF team and the PGD team. The IVF center 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 center. When deciding which reference laboratory to use for PGD, make sure there is constant communication between the IVF team and the PGD team.
Our genetic counselors and physicians are available to answer your questions and discuss your specific situation.