Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Fertility Specialist Richard Marrrs, MD, explains the process of PGD and how it is used to assist in conception
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)
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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD is a technology that is a spin off of IVF work. It's the ability to take a single cell from the embryo and do a genetic analysis of that embryo, with that one single cell. In the initial work, 10 to 15 years ago, we had a very limited assessment of gene sequences or chromosome sequences of the embryo. Today, we can take that single cell, analyze all 22 chromosome pairs, and know that the embryo has a completely normal genetic make up or an abnormal genetic make up. It's a way to find a Down Syndrome at the embryonic stage, instead of 10 or 12 weeks into the pregnancy.

Fertility Specialist Richard Marrrs, MD, explains the process of PGD and how it is used to assist in conception

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Richard Marrs, MD

Fertility Specialist

Dr. Richard Marrs is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist. He studied medicine and trained in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Texas before moving to Southern California to study Reproductive Endocrinology. While at the University of Southern California, he developed one of the country’s first IVF programs, which is responsible for the second IVF birth in the United States and the first birth from cryopreserved embryos in the United States in 1986. He is internationally recognized for his contributions to the development of IVF. He has published over 200 papers and books in the area of Reproductive Endocrinology and In Vitro Fertilization and is a prominent figure in the national and international infertility communities. In 1996, he published a book for couples called the Dr. Richard Marrs' Fertility Book: America's Leading Infertility Expert Tells You Everything You Need to Know About Getting Pregnant.

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