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PGD Babies Experience Normal Growth

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a process which is often used during infertility treatments to assist the parents in having a healthy baby. In the past, some parents have expressed concerns that the health of the baby could be compromised when using embryo biopsy for PGD. New research indicates that this is not the case and that PGD is indeed a safe procedure that leads to the healthy growth and development of the baby.

PGD is considered to be an invasive procedure because it goes into the embryo and removes cells to test for genetic problems. This has been the reason that people have been concerned about the impact of the testing. The new research indicates that the early growth of the PGD baby as well as the risk for congenital malformations are not increased at all in comparison to babies that aren't born with the help of PGD.

Question of the Day: Should more research regarding PGD and normal growth of IVF babies be undertaken?

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Posted by Kathryn on 7/8/2008 9:23:48 AM


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