PGD for late on-set disorders
Late-onset Disorders include adult diseases such as
Alzheimer?s, Huntington's and heart disease.
One of the uses
of PGD are the identification of embryos at risk for
late-onset diseases. Late-onset Disorders are complex and
have both genetic and environmental causes. Genetic tests
may indicate a susceptibility or predisposition for these
diseases. Diseases like Huntington's disease, are caused by
single genes that also are seen later in life.
of disorders can be tested for at any time.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) technology allows
genetic testing of human eggs and embryos before pregnancy
making it completely realistic to establish only potentially
normal pregnancies without Alzheimer's disease or any other
late-onset disorder with a genetic predisposition.
current prospect for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease,
prevention of an inherited predisposition to Alzheimer's is
the only option for couples at risk.