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Boy Conceived Using New Test (Array CGH) Born

BBC News,  Sept 2, 2009
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The first baby conceived with the help of a new egg screening technique which could offer hope to women for whom IVF has repeatedly failed has been born.

Oliver was born to a 41-year-old woman who had had 13 failed IVF treatments.

The new screening method, developed in Nottingham, allows a rapid analysis of the genetic material in fertilised eggs to check for chromosomal abnormalities. It is believed that two out of three women fail at each IVF attempt because of chromosomal abnormalities in the implanted egg.

"Array Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH) is used to screen eggs or embryos in an IVF cycle, evaluate all the chromosomes and select the most chromosomally normal embryos."

It involves extracting the polar body and looking to see if there are too few or too many chromosomes. Read more.


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