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Healthcare: NGS screening yields healthy baby
Submitted by J.W. Bizzaro; posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Submitter EXCERPT:
Study author Dagan Wells of the University of Oxford's NIHR Biomedical Research Centre said the new technology was "inherently cheaper" and yielded more genetic data than older methods.

It provides millions of fragments of DNA from a single cell which are then sequenced by a computer.

The method has started being used in genetic research and diagnostics, but not yet in embryo screening, according to Wells.

"Many of the embryos produced during infertility treatments have no chance of becoming a baby because they carry lethal genetic abnormalities," he said in a statement.

"Next generation sequencing improves our ability to detect these abnormalities and helps us identify the embryos with the best chances of producing a viable pregnancy."

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