PGD Genetic Testing
Genetic disorders like Cystic Fibrosis, Huntington’s Disease, or so-called “balanced translocations” are inherited through the family. The majority of these genetic disorders are transmitted as an autosomal recessive fashion. This means that both the male and female partner must carry the gene mutation in order to transmit it to their offspring. Unfortunately, the individual will not know if they are a carrier of the mutation until they have a child with the two defective copies of that gene.
The good news is that testing of prospective parents for defective genes is now readily available, relatively inexpensive, and is even covered by health insurance in many cases. AFCT has partnered with a genetic testing company, which provides PGD testing free of charge if both you and your partner carry the same copy of the defective gene.
The PGD Process – The PGD testing usually begins by having an evaluation by a genetic counselor, followed by obtaining a swab from your cheek and other family members in order to build a personalized DNA map. This process may take 4-12 weeks. Just like PGS, PGD requires In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and an embryo biopsy, followed by embryo freezing.
If you are planning a family and wish to have genetic testing, please consult with your physician.