12:31 23rd February 2018 | Illness Prevention
Having a happy, healthy baby who grows into a happy, healthy child is something most people dream about and hope for. Unfortunately, there are conditions and diseases that can get in
the way of this dream. However, thanks to two assisted conception methods, babies do not have to inherit certain conditions from their parents and suffer the consequences.
Medical problems can arise from a harmful gene mutat...
21:46 9th December 2017 | Transport IVF
Transport IVF was first developed and tested by Plachot et al. in France and by Feichtinger and Kemeter in Vienna.
It involves the transport of oocytes (mature ova/eggs) from a clinic to an IVF lab. Once they reach the IVF lab they can be fertilised and cultured.
The resultant embryos are then transported to the original clinic for transfer. Highly trusted incubators, known as gamete transporters, are used for the transport process...
08:32 27th September 2017 | Uncategorized
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), or sickle cell anemia, is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affects millions of people throughout the world. To make people more aware of this genetic disorder, September was named National Sickle Cell Awareness Month in 1983.
There is a way to avoid passing this disease to your baby. To find out more, CONTINUE READINGThe Role of Red Blood Cells
Healthy red blood cells, apart from g...
03:41 25th September 2017 | Hereditary Mutations
Inherited Mutations Prevent a Disease Prevention Disease Cure Human Embryos Dangerous Mutations Heart Disease DNA Mutations Moral Concerns Ethical Concerns Edited Embryos Uterus Fetus Women's Health Molecular Scissors Natural Defense System Human Application Bacterium Harmful Infections Virus Genetic diseases Chromosomal Abnormaliities Healthy Embryos Transfer Implantation PGD PGS
What if, instead of trying to prevent a disease – or attempting to cure it – it could just be eliminated, before birth? Surely the world as we know it would change forever, in practically countless ways?
One of the latest breakthroughs in science involved the editing of genes in a human embryo to safely remove a dangerous mutation which results in heart disease.
Some researchers and experts believe the procedure could one day be...
02:58 6th June 2017 | AUGMENT
What if we told you that there’s a treatment, called AUGMENT℠, that would allow more mature females to have their eggs re-energised ? What does that even mean? Let’s start from the beginning...
When it comes to female fertility, the ability to conceive starts decreasing at age 32. Then, from age 37 onwards, it gets even harder. Why is this? Well, as women age, their supply of eggs start to dwindle, but that’s not all. The remaining ...
07:25 22nd May 2017 | Sex Discernment
Boy or Girl? Couples Infertility Parenthood Gender Preference FirstBorn Daughter Son Family Generation PGD Preimplantation X-linked Genetic Conditions Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Turner Syndrome Embryo Biopsy Cells
It’s an age-old question that parents have had to face: would you rather have a boy or a girl?
Most couples, especially those who have battled with infertility, would agree that, in the end, the gender of their child doesn’t really matter.
Despite this, many individuals may harbour a secret wish (but not too serious) to parent one gender rather than the other, or in many cases, a healthy mix of the two.
While much has changed ov...
04:06 20th May 2017 | Inherited Genetic Disorders
Mutant gene identification (also known as disease gene identification) is the process during which scientists identify mutant genotypes. Mutant genotypes are responsible for inherited genetic disorders.
The genotype is the part of an organism or individual which determines a specific characteristic of that cell, organism or individual.”1 A gene mutation is a permanent alteration in the DNA sequence that makes up a gene.2 Essentially...
03:21 20th May 2017 | PGD/PGS
Having a relatively uncomplicated pregnancy, followed by the birth of a healthy baby, is something all parents-to-be hope for.
However, there are many things that can stand in the way of this ideal – a fact that those who have experienced various miscarriages and failed IVF cycles know all too well.
At Bridge Clinic, we aim to help couples battling with infertility fulfil their dream of getting pregnant and starting a family of thei...
15:09 27th March 2017 | Sex Discernment
Being able to balance the number of boys and girls in a family is something many parents dream of doing.
Anyone who has ever had a string of rough and tumble boys, longing for a little princess to dress up and spoil, would surely understand. And so would those whose beautiful bevy of daughters could do with a feisty little brother to keep an eye over them.
One of the benefits of opting for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)/p...
07:42 7th March 2017 | Sickle Cell Anaemia
Healthy red blood cells are responsible for distributing enough oxygen throughout the body. If you have sickle cell anaemia, a type of anaemia that is inherited (i.e. a genetic disorder), you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells.
In medical terms, abnormal haemoglobin S (Hb S) instead of haemoglobin A (Hb A) is present in the red blood cells.
Regular, healthy red blood cells are round and flexible, making movement through blo...
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