Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis Unit

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Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is considered as a very early form of prenatal diagnosis. PGD is an adjunct to assisted reproductive technology and requires in vitro fertilization to obtain oocytes or embryos for evaluation. The PGD technology has the potential to increase chance of a healthy pregnancy. The PGD unit aims at establishing genetic disorders prevention program in Saudi Arabia through advanced research in order to relieve human suffering from genetic disorders, birth defects and developmental disabilities. 

This unit is designed to perform genetic analysis using PCR methods for diseases caused by single gene mutations, and FISH analysis for diagnosing chromosomal aberrations.


     Establishment phase:          
Setting-up clinical and lab facilities
Purchase required equipment and reagents
Training staff in relevant IVF, PGD and molecular techniques
Prepare consent forms and other information leaflets
Seek collaborations with international PGD centers
Obtain skills and expertise in working with embryos at single cell level
Genetic counseling by trained counsellors

     Future Services:
Specific molecular diagnosis for single gene disorders
Testing of most common chromosomal rearrangements
Aneuploidy screening with probes for chromosome 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, 22, X and Y

Equipments Available:
Biological safety cabinet
Inverted microscope
Fluorescent microscope
Light microscope
Co2 incubator
Infinity analyzer 

Last Update
3/17/2014 1:18:16 PM