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On Friday 4 August, after a decade of lobbying and in response to a Genea submission, the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) formally recommended the Federal Government provide funding for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Genea is thrilled with the result, funding would financially support parents who carry a genetic disorder to screen their embryos during an IVF cycle, ensuring they don't pass on a disease or potentially life threatening condition to their children.
"Genea has pioneered PGD, our expertise and techniques are amongst the best in the world. Many clinics have followed our lead and modelled their approach to embryo biopsy on ours," Dr Stojanov, Genea CEO said.
To learn more about PGD at Genea, we developed some frequently asked questions on the topic of PGD.
PGD is a well-established medical procedure used during the in vitro fertilisation (IVF) process to detect whether an embryo created in vitro has a specific genetic defect. PGD is used by couples who know they carry a serious genetic disorder, in the hope of having a child free of the disease.
Genea uses two methods to conduct PGD - Karyomapping and Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) linkage techniques.
Karyomapping is an off the shelf solution that can be applied to the majority of patients in 2-4 weeks and PCR allows a unique test to be developed for couples who require a more specialised test approach. PCR linkage takes 10-12 weeks to develop.
Both methods require a genetic work up which involves a blood sample from each partner and additional samples from other family members. This work up process ultimately enables scientists to identify all the affected and non-affected DNA patterns in the patient’s embryos.
PGD involves the microscopic removal of a few cells from an embryo created through the IVF process so DNA can be tested. This is similar to prenatal genetic tests, but at an earlier stage of the embryo development. An embryo free of the disorder is then transferred to the woman as part of the normal IVF process or frozen for future use.
Embryos develop in the laboratory for five days until they reach what is called the blastocyst stage, before a biopsy is performed to remove a small number of cells for PGD screening.
At Genea, we have experience with more than 230 genetic diseases as part of our PGD program so far. These are conditions which are often disabling, have no prevention, cure or proven treatments, beyond symptomatic care. For example:
Genea first launched chromosome testing of embryos in 1995 and expanded this to single gene testing in 1998. Our techniques have developed and expanded since we first conducted genetic testing; many clinics have followed our lead and modelled their approach to biopsy on ours, such that it is now the new gold standard. Read further about our science and technology.
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