The gold standard for diagnosing endometriosis has always been through a laparoscopy. Yet, recent advances in the field of genetics have identified biomarkers in the genome which could help identify women who are at risk of developing endometriosis. It affects females with infertility, but genetic testing may be the answer. What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is…

What causes Down syndrome? Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is a condition characterized by a delay in growth, a distinct set of facial characteristics, and intellectual disability[1]. This is caused by imbalances in gene expression resulting from having three copies of chromosome 21, instead of the normal two copies (Figure 1). Figure 1. Down…

Last month the United Kingdom became the first country to back three-person in vitro fertilization (IVF), a technique that creates babies using DNA from 3 individuals. This technique is especially controversial because the subsequent genetic alteration to the embryo affects the germline (i.e. germ cells that have genetic information), that will be passed on to…

Pregnancy preparation is just as an important step to becoming pregnant as the conception itself. In the tips below, we will discuss: How to prepare your body to be ready to conceive a child How to become more fertile How to avoid preventable genetic disorders If you are planning to have a child in the…

Is it possible to prevent pediatric diseases?

The Globe & Mail just published an article about new ways to improve reproductive health entitled “Biological clock running out? Take heart” by Tralee Pearce, from Monday’s Nov 5th – L4 or “Over 40 and trying to conceive? New techniques offer hope” on Sunday’s edition. The article provides interesting insights how to improve the probability…

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