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North Carolina Couple Finds Hope for a Healthy Baby through Technology that Screens Embryos for Genetic Disorders
Date:2/23/2010

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ --  After a devastating loss of their five month old son to a genetically linked disease, a North Carolina couple finds hope for a healthy baby through an innovative technology called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). Using embryo biopsy, PGD allows geneticists to screen for disorders such as Down syndrome, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease and spinal muscular atrophy in the earliest stages of life.

Joanne and Blaine Reese of Macon, North Carolina were overjoyed when they gave birth to their first child - a son named Joseph. However, at only six weeks of age doctors discovered that Joseph was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition inherited from his parents. The Reese couple learned they are both carriers of the fatal disease and together share a 25% chance of having an affected child, a 50% chance of conceiving a carrier, and a 25% chance of delivering a perfectly healthy baby. Their doctor presented an idea that would significantly increase the odds for a non-affe
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