Embryonic Biopsy

An embryonic biopsy is the removal of genetic material from an embryo that has been created through in vitro fertilization (IVF). It is used to determine serious genetic defects through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Cells are removed from each developing embryo for analysis so that only embryos free of dangerous mutations will be implanted. This prevents the continuing growth of an embryo carrying a disabling, possibly fatal, disease.

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