WHY USE POLAR BODIES FOR ANEUPLOIDY AND CYSTIC FIBROSIS DIAGNOSIS FOR PRE-IMPLANTATION DIAGNOSIS IN GERMANY?
Schwinger E1,*, Tomi D1, Voigt R1, Eckhold J1, Hinrichs F1, Diedrich K2
*Corresponding Author: Professor Dr. (med.) E. Schwinger, Institute of Human Genetics, Medical University of Lübeck, Ratzeburger Allee 160, 23538 Lübeck, Germany; Tel.: +49(0)451-500-2621; Fax: +49(0)451-500-4187; E-mail: schwing@uni-luebeck.de
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Abstract

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is usually performed by testing blastomeres. Pre-implantation ge­netic diagnosis is not allowed in Germany because of the “Embryo Protection Law” (Embryonenschutzgesetz). It is possible to perform PGD in Germany using polar bodies for pre-fertilization diagnosis.

Key words: Embryo Protection Law; Pre-fertilization diagnosis; Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).




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