Patient Resources

Patient Resources

Our families tell us our expertise combined with the level of personal attention makes our team unique.

Do I need testing?

Pursuing IVF with genetic testing is a deeply personal and medical decision. Your IVF physicians can help you determine your likelihood of passing on a genetic disease to your offspring. They will steer you on the right path for your family. It is important to thoroughly discuss among yourselves and your physician what path is best for you.

Questions? Please feel free to contact our PGD/PGS coordinator.

How are eggs removed?

The team at Carolina Conceptions explains how eggs are removed:

How are embryos normally chosen?

In traditional IVF embryos are chosen based on their appearance. Your IVF physicians will determine which embryos should be transferred based on which look like the most likely to help you become pregnant. However, looks can sometimes be deceiving. An embryo’s genetic makeup is critically important in its development. For many couples, it is the deciding factor in whether or not you can become pregnant. Embryos can contain specific genetic disorders, sometimes affecting certain genes and/or entire chromosomes. Genesis Genetics’ goal is deploy your IVF team to enhance and improve your pregnancy outcome. Your IVF team is your partner. Count on them to give you the information to transfer not just the best looking embryos, but also the ones most likely to help you have a healthy family.

Avoid an inherited genetic disorder

Many patients go through IVF to avoid a specific genetic disorder affecting their family. Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure designed to detect the genetic mutations which cause a specific genetic disorder in your embryos. Genesis Genetics designs a unique and personalized test based on your DNA which provides your IVF physician with the necessary information to select only the embryos with the lowest risk for carrying this disease. The goal of PGD is for you to start day 1 of your pregnancy with the peace of mind that you’re building a healthy family.

For families with certain blood disorders who have children with the disease, our PGD team can develop a test that will examine your embryos for both the specified genetic mutation but also for an HLA match for your sibling. Cord blood from an HLA match can be used to cure your existing child. To read a testimonial from one of our success stories click here.

Screen for Down Syndrome and Other Chromosome Abnormalities

Some patients who have had recurrent spontaneous miscarriages, who have had recurrent losses even with IVF, who are of advanced maternal age, or who are at risk for male factor infertility elect to undergo chromosome screening. This technology titled “Genesis-24” is designed to improve your chances of getting pregnant by screening embryos for chromosome imbalances.

Some imbalances come in the form of an abnormal number of chromosomes. An individual carries two copies of each chromosome, one copy from their mother, and another from their father. Sometimes, an embryo can carry an extra copy or be missing a particular chromosome(s) which in most cases leads to spontaneous miscarriage. Occasionally however a pregnancy that is chromosomally abnormal can be carried to term (example: Down Syndrome which is an extra copy of chromosome 21). Genesis-24 examines all 24 chromosomes for abnormalities (including the sex chromosomes) in 24 hours. The goal is to implant healthy embryos that have the highest chance of getting you pregnant due to their normal copy number of chromosomes.

Screen for Chromosome Translocations

Patients with a known chromosome translocation in their family elect to undergo chromosome screening to avoid getting pregnant with an embryo carrying an unbalanced version of the translocation. In addition to screening for an abnormal number of chromosomes, Genesis-24 will also detect embryos carrying unbalanced versions of the translocation which would result in miscarriage. In addition, Genesis-24 will detect any duplications or deletions of parts of a chromosome which could be clinically significant.

Transferring Fewer Embryos

The goal of all our testing is to transfer the fewest embryos possible that have the highest chance of getting you pregnant. By transferring fewer embryos, there is less chance of having multiples, and healthy embryos can be stored and implanted when you are ready to get pregnant.

Questions?


Our locations and contact information can be found on our Contact Us page. You may also feel free to email us with your questions: ggeulab1@genesisgenetics.org

 

About Us

Genesis Genetics is the pioneer of preimplantation testing of embryos for inherited genetic abnormalities, and was founded by world renowned scientists largely responsible for discovering preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) as a clinical practice and performed the first successful cases in the world.

 

Contact Genesis Genetics

London Biosciences Innovation Centre
London NW1 0NH
Phone: +44 (0)20 7691 2084
Email: ggeulab1@genesisgenetics.org
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