Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

Naomi B, Kate G, Nicole G, and Dalonta W

Definition of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

A screening test procedure used to find defects in the embryo created in vitro fertilization (also know as IVF) to stop children from getting diseases and disorders that would be passed down.

What does it do? How is it Done?

It finds defects and abnormalities in the embryo created in vitro fertilization.

It removes a cell from an in vitro fertilization (also known as IVF) embryo to test it for a specific genetic condition before transferring the embryo to the uterus.

Why is it useful?

It helps to reduce the chances you have of conceiving a child with a genetic disorder.

It can test for 100 different genetic problems.

It helps couples have a biological child of their own when they could not before.

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