Does PGD / PGS test for Down syndrome?

By Zaira Salvador BSc, MSc.
Last Update: 11/12/2018

Yes, either due to advanced maternal age or some kind of abnormality in the karyotype, performing a PGD in these women in order to prevent the birth of a baby with Down syndrome is strongly recommended. This disease distinguishes itself for the presence of three 21 chromosomes instead of having 2, one from the mother and another from the father.

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BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Embryologist specializing in Assisted Procreation, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI).
License: 3185-CV
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). Embryologist specializing in Assisted Procreation, with a Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia (UV) and the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). License: 3185-CV.
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