Pacific Fertility Center celebrates its 50th delivery following preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) while the world gets set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking first birth following PGD in 1990 in England. Prof. Alan Handyside and colleagues built on the work done by Robert Edwards and David Gardner, who had successfully sexed rabbit embryos prior to implantation in 1967, when they performed the world’s first PGD for an X-linked disease. Since these early days, thousands of couples have used preimplantation testing to start or add to their families around the world.
Genetics & IVF Institute (GIVF) began its PGD program in late 1992 and had its first successful birth in 1993. Since then, GIVF has performed over three thousand PGD and PGS tests for patients in Fairfax, VA and at other fertility clinics around the US, including Pacific Fertility Center. Genetics & IVF was the first clinic in the world to have a successful pregnancy and birth for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a deadly motor neuron disease in children, and was also the first PGD lab in the world to perform and have a successful delivery for an Autosomal Dominant disease, Marfan syndrome. GIVF continues to innovate in the PGD field, while maintaining a focus on sound lab practice to help as many couples as possible conceive healthy children.