What is a Freeze-All Cycle?

What is a Freeze-All Cycle?

What is a freeze-all cycle? A fresh embryo transfer occurs in the same IVF cycle in which the embryos were created (a “fresh” cycle). Any embryos remaining following a fresh embryo transfer can be frozen (vitrified) for later use in a “frozen” embryo transfer (FET) cycle. Sometimes, instead of performing a fresh embryo transfer, all embryos […]

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BRCA Preimplantation Genetic Screening of Embryos at Increased Risk for Cancer

BRCA1 (BReast CAncer) and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes can be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  In the U.S., between one in 400 – 800 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation.  Individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish background have an increased […]

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Genetic Disease – Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an inherited disease that affects an infant’s muscular activity.  Voluntary muscles are driven by motor neurons.  Children with SMA are missing a gene that is required to produce certain proteins involved in motor neuron development.  Without this protein, the nerves shrink and ultimately atrophy.  Without motor neuron innervation, the muscles […]

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