BONUS 295: New Embryo Screening Technology

January 22, 2021

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Alyssa Snider, director of genetic counseling at Igenomix.

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Alyssa and Heather discuss new embryo genetic screening technology:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose a career in genetic counseling?
  • Take us through your career. (All the previous positions you’ve held and exactly what you do now.)

NEW GENETIC TESTING

  • Can you explain a bit about the history of embryo genetic testing?
  • Can you share examples of why patients would consider this?
  • Over the years, have you seen an increase in pursuing this testing?
  • What does the research say in terms of success rates for those who undergo testing?
  • Before we jump into the new technology, I’d like to chat briefly about the current genetic testing options for embryos. Can you tell us about PGT-A, PGT-M, and PGT-SR?
  • You have created a new embryo genetic testing option called Embrace. What makes it different?
  • Can you take us through the process step-by-step?
  • Can you tell us about the medical research supporting this new technology?
  • How is genetic testing becoming more accessible to patients?
  • What is a concordance rate, and how does it apply to PGT options?
  • Where do all the PGT options rank in terms of accuracy?
  • How long does it take to do an Embrace genetic test versus current options?
  • Are there any scenarios in which traditional PGT tests would be recommended over Embrace?
  • How can patients pursue Embrace testing?
  • Overall, what recent research has been conducted around genetic testing of embryos? Can you summarize the findings?
  • Where do you see the future of genetic testing going?
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to infertility warriors who are worried about testing their embryos?

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