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Genetic screening may impede pregnancy among older women

The credibility of genetic screening, which is being thought of as a panacea for the older women opting for in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to have a child, is now under threat. Recently a controlled clinical trial of 408 women has sprung a surprise revelation that genetic screening is not only ineffective, but plays a role in reducing pregnancy rates. Genetic screening involves studying the genetic make-up of the embryos, before their transfer to the womb, to ensure those embryos’ health and increasing their likelihood of survival. However, this healthy concept couldn’t withstand the heat of a recent emperical test, conducted by of a group of Dutch researchers. At the same time we have to concede that just one experiment cannot write off the potential of genetic screening altogether, as there may be many medical factors influencing the result. However, there is no denying the fact that the benefits of preimplantation genetic diagnosis needs a further exploration. Presently genetic screening is experiencing continually increasing usage in fertility clinics across the globe.

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