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Discovery of fertility 'fingerprints' could answer IVF questions

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, July 04, 2009 | 0 comments

Discovery of fertility fingerprints could answer IVF questionsThe 30,000 women a year who undergo IVF [in vitro fertilization] may in the next few years be able to use a new blood test to tell them how likely they are to get pregnant, a conference heard today.

Scientists disclosed that they have discovered genetic markers in the blood which provide a fertility "fingerprint". Although the research is still at an early stage, it could lead to women who are having fertility treatment being able to take a simple test that would help them decide whether or not it was worth undertaking treatment, which is expensive and both physically and emotionally demanding.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2009/jul/01/ivf-fertility-treatment-pregnancy






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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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