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Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?

University College London
Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
8 March 2011 - 1.15pm-1.55pm

A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper - Reader in Human Genetics and Embryology and Deputy Director/Cofounder of the Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis at University College London, editor of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA), and contributor to In Vitro Fertilisation (buy this book from Amazon UK or Amazon USA) - to mark International Women's Day.

In PGD, embryos are created via IVF and cells are removed from these embryos for genetic testing. Until recently, testing was solely for a specific condition that prospective parents carried the genes for. But the use of array-comparative genomic hybridisation and SNP arrays has entered the PGD arena, and these techniques allow all chromosomes and many genes to be examined. The analysis of the whole genome prior to implantation brings ethical concerns. Will healthy couples opt for PGD to select their 'best' offspring?

Attendance is free, and booking is not required. For further information, contact Dan Martin at or on +44 (0)20 3108 3840. This event will be broadcast live and subsequently archived on the Lunch Hour Lectures section of the University College London website.

Further details of this event are available on the University College London website.