Embryolab’s founding principle is the harmonious coexistence and cooperation between different disciplines and sciences. This innovative concept led to the inclusion of the Cytogenetics Laboratory and Department of Genetic Counselling within the Unit, considering that this will help couples in their effort to acquire life’s most precious gift… a child.
The transmission of inherited diseases from parents to children has been a major problem down the years. Since it has been possible to diagnose genetic diseases, couples where both partners carry specific genetic disease (e.g., type a and b Thalassaemia), can now benefit.
Testing for chromosomal changes in oocytes and/or spermatozoa relates to numerical and structural changes in chromosomes. This is a very important test, since it is known that the chances of chromosomal changes (e.g. Down’s Syndrome) increase with the woman’s age.
However, there are cases where changes in chromosome structure (inversion or translocation of chromosome material) do not depend on age. There are rare cases of couples where one or both partners contribute some chromosomal change (not necessarily the same). This change, not necessarily the same, may lead to recurrent miscarriages or repeated unsuccessful IVF attempts.
Embryolab is one of the few units in Greece and the world to undertake the following verticalised, genetic analyses with scientific integrity and safety:
• Peripheral blood karyotype testing
• Cystic fibrosis testing
• Y chromosome microdeletions