العربية

Clean your Gene!

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Marriages between close biological relatives are generally regarded with doubt and aversion within many societies, reflecting historical and religious preference. By comparison, in numerous different populaces, there is a strong inclination for consanguineous unions, most every now and again contracted between first cousins, and marriage outside the family is seen as a risky and troublesome alternative. The expanding significance of the hereditary commitment to the overall disease profile in both developed and developing nations has featured potential issues related to detrimental recessive gene expressions in the consanguineous progeny.

So today, we talk about Genetic testing and its benefits, which can help a family achieve their dream of parenthood without any complications. 

What is Genetic Testing?

Genetic testing is a type of medical test that distinguishes changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a speculated hereditary condition or help decide a person's chance of creating or passing on a genetic disorder. More than 1,000 hereditary tests are right now being used, and more are being developed.

Available type of testing includes:    

  • Family Balancing (Gender Selection): Screen your embryos to identify the gender and check for chromosomal abnormality such as Down syndrome. 
  • Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening (CCS): Screen all 24 chromosomes for gender as well as any chromosomal abnormalities caused by missing or additional chromosomes. Chromosomal abnormalities include Trisomy 13 (Patau's syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edward’s syndrome) and Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). Chromosomal abnormalities are the leading cause of miscarriage.
  • Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD): for Hereditary Disease or Single Gene Disorders: Assess embryos for hereditary diseases, allowing parents with a known hereditary (genetic) disease to ensure their children do not have that genetic condition.    
  • HLA Matching (Curing a Family Member): Cure a family member suffering from a hereditary disease curable by bone marrow transplant by identifying an HLA Match during IVF.

Benefits of Genetic Testing:

Genetic testing has potential advantages whether the outcomes are certain or negative for a gene mutation. Test results can give a good feeling of vulnerability and help individuals to settle on informed decisions about managing their health care. For instance, a negative result can eliminate the requirement for unnecessary checkups and screening tests in few cases. A positive result can direct an individual towards available preventions, monitoring, and treatment choices. Newborn screening can identify hereditary disorders early in life so treatment can be initiated as early as possible.

Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the oldest and first IVF center in the Middle East with an in-house Genetics Laboratory. Our mission is to fulfill dreams of parenthood through the delivery of healthy babies; Fakih IVF Fertility Center's Genetics Laboratory is equipped with the newest technologies, capable of performing the most up to date genetic testing and is the location of many medical firsts worldwide. With locations in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Muscat, Beirut & Michigan Fakih IVF Fertility Center is available to help couples throughout the UAE and abroad. Fakih IVF Fertility Center's Genetic Testing services include those that are performed during IVF, screening tools to identify carriers of hereditary diseases, genetic testing during pregnancy and genetic risk assessment through Geneus. 

To know more please click here.