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New technique to diagnose genetic disorders in embryos

New technique to diagnose genetic disorders in embryos Credit: Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health

A pioneering technique to detect genetic disorders in embryos has been used successfully for the first time in Europe at a London clinic.

The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health has produced a pregnancy using the ground-breaking technique of Karyomapping for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

Karyomapping checks for defects in embryos prior to IVF treatment, ensuring only healthy ones are implanted.

The breakthrough gives people who carry a genetic disorder the option to protect their future children from the condition.