What is the process for genetic testing?
The oocytes that are collected during an IVF cycle are fertilized using the partner or donor's sperm.
Once an embryo reaches day 5 of its development (i. e. the blastocyst stage), the embryologist can carry out the embryo biopsy. During this procedure, approximately 5-10 cells are biopsied from an embryo.
The embryologist can perform the biopsy on a few embryos at once. The procedure is entirely safe for them. The removed cells are then sent for testing. This can be done using different techniques: fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH), microarray, and single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP).
It usually takes 5-10 days for test results to arrive. On the basis of the results, the embryologist selects the most genetically viable embryo(s) to be transferred.
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