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PGD Technology Offers More Than Designer Babies
Date:3/31/2009

SAN FRANCISCO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Fertility Center is pleased to announce its 50th child delivered after using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). Recent media attention about "designer babies" mentioned PGD and PGS. The use of this science for such "futuristic" action should not diminish the value and purpose for which it is used today. Pacific Fertility Center is proud to have been a pioneer in the true science and beneficial use of PGD and PGS .The value of these tools, as a way to help families build healthy futures, should be at the forefront of our medical breakthroughs. PGD has enabled Pacific Fertility Center to extend its goal of building families, one healthy baby at a time.

Pacific Fertility Center is a leading San Francisco-based fertility practice, specializing in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and PGD. With the birth of Pacific Fertility Center's 50th child using PGD, we mark the evolution of a major program in the diagnosis and prevention of genetic illness. Outstanding clinical pregnancy rates (over 50% clinical pregnancy rates in 2008) and a compassionate, caring staff has contributed to our success.

PGD is a technique used in conjunction with IVF where a cell is removed from an embryo prior to transfer back to the mother. The DNA in the cell can be analyzed for novel or inherited genetic errors such as Down syndrome or cystic fibrosis. Normal embryos, based on the genetic analysis, are chosen for transfer back to the mother's uterus to achieve pregnancy.

PGD allows diagnosis prior to implantation--or transfer of the embryo. Prior to discovery of the PGD technique, patients at risk for certain genetic illnesses faced diagnosis during pregnancy after undergoing amniocentesis or chorionic villous sampling. An abnormal result would result in genetic counseling, and termination of the pregnancy was a common choice if an abnormali
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