New Way to Test Embryos for Genetic Diseases

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Genetic research has discovered some 15,000 diseases that travel through generations.  Since 1989, it's been possible to screen embryos for 350 of these hereditary conditions, but the process takes almost a year and is very expensive. Now, British scientists are claiming a breakthrough, new testing that can detect almost all genetic diseases in just a few weeks. The new process, called "karyomapping," has been developed at London's Bridge Centre, a fertility clinic.  The Director is Professor Alan Handyside.

Credits

Guest:
Alan Handyside - Director, Bridge Centre

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal