Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Now Have New Names
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) now have new names. In order establish consistency across infertility clinics, the International Glossary on Infertility and Fertility Care recently published new terminology related to the genetic screening of embryos. PGS and PGD are terms we have used to describe genetic testing of embryos before a […]
Why Genetic Testing?
At least one in 30 people are a carrier of a genetic disorder. Most carriers don’t have a family history of a genetic disease. Many patients ask us why genetic testing is important to consider? Being a carrier of a genetic disorder does not usually affect one’s individual health, but being a carrier does mean […]
PGS, preimplantation genetic screening, can be used to be sure only embryos with normal chromosomes are transferred back into the uterus. It can also be used for family balancing. Many patients wonder if we can determine if the embryos going back into them are normal and wonder if the sex of the embryos can be […]
Fertility Centers of New England is proud to announce the most cost-effective embryo screening program available called IVF Select. “Our expanded collaboration with Good Start Genetics of Cambridge, MA allows us to pass along cost-effective savings to our patients requesting embryo screening for normal chromosomes,” said Joseph A. Hill, MD, president, Fertility Centers of New England. “The technique involves next […]
What are Chromosomes?
How Do Chromosomes Affect My Chance of a Successful Pregnancy? The excitement of learning you’re pregnant is often met with anxiety of the unknown. Questions about your baby’s health and development may start to overwhelm you. An abnormal number of chromosomes is often at the heart of many of the fear-inducing issues you will face. […]
Can Cancer Genes Be Turned On Or Off?
Can cancer genes be turned on or off? In an interview for AARP Magazine by ‘Pop’ singer, Melissa Etheridge implied that genes for cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2) can be turned on or off by diet. Her fallacious statements have caused an outcry by physicians, genetic counselors, cancer survivors and support groups for women with the […]
Hereditary Gynecologic Cancers
There are approximately one million people in the Untied States carrying genes for the most common hereditary gynecologic cancers: BRCA and Lynch syndrome. Early diagnosis of their carrier status and interventions such as increased surveillance and prophylactic surgeries can dramatically reduce their risk of dying from cancers caused by their genetic mutations. A focus on […]
Embryo Selection to Select Against Autism
Health authorities in Western Australia have approved sex selection of embryos for families at a “high risk” of having an autistic child. Can embryo selection to select against autism be done? The Western Australian reported, “There are no genetic tests for autism, so instead of looking for a gene mutation, the screening identifies the embryo’s […]
Universal Genetic Testing
Screening for fetal chromosomal anomalies like Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) during pregnancy has been a routine part of prenatal care for decades. Identifying pregnancies at risk for single gene autosomal recessive disorders is also possible prenatally but not until recently has it been possible to identify couples at risk for having a baby with these […]
The Difference Between PGD and PGS
Wondering what is the difference between PGD and PGS? Here are the details in this video by Dr. Vitiello. Click here to watch: The Difference Between PGD and PGS Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) involves screening single cells from embryos for genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders. This testing is performed with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) […]