The transmission of hereditary diseases from parents to children is a major problem. Since 1990, it has been possible to carry out genetic testing on embryos before their implantation in the uterus. The method is called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis and is now a powerful weapon for couples facing an increased possibility of passing on a genetic disease to their children.
Since 2007, Embryolab is one of the first units in Greece to employ pre-implantation diagnosis – with extremely high rates of successful pregnancies (registered in the European authority of registered data for Pre-implanted fertilisation), both to diagnose genetic disease (e.g. Thalassaemia) and to control chromosomal changes that can lead to recurrent miscarriages or recurrent IVF failures.
Embryolab scientists have in fact published studies and articles on this technique in international journals, and, since 2013, Embryolab Academy has organised training seminars involving scientists from around the world in the application of preimplantation genetic methods.