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Couples offered detailed embryo screening with 99% accuracy

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, May 07, 2012 | 0 comments

DNA and histone proteins are packaged into structures called chromosomes. Image Credit: U.S. National Library of Medicine
New research will soon enable couples with in-fertility and pregnancy loss and those carrying genetic disease and abnormalities to access advanced embryo screening.

Termed “preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)” the process involves a full chromosome count of embryos to ensure only the healthiest are implanted.

It has a 99 per cent accuracy rate, giving hopeful parents the best chance to conceive and carry a healthy baby to term.

Embryos can be screened for a range of genetic conditions, including Down Syndrome, Huntington's disease and spinal muscular atrophy, before pregnancy.

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging and life itself.

Paperback: 356 pages - Click to order/for more info:
Rewinding Your Biological Clock
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Hardcover: 288 pages - Click to order/for more info:
Rewinding Your Biological Clock
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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
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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