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HKSH’s IVF Centre First in Hong Kong to Apply Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to Pre-implantation Genetic Testing – Helps Infertile Couples Enhance Pregnancy Rate and Reduces the Chance of Transmitting Genetic Abnormality from Parents to Their Offspring

(27 July 2016, Hong Kong) The IVF Centre of Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital (“the Hospital”) has always been at the technological forefront to assist couples with infertility issues since the birth of Hong Kong’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby at the Centre in 1986. In its latest initiative, the Centre has applied advanced genomic technology, Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), to pre-implantation genetic testing. Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) with sophisticated NGS technology facilitate embryo selection, which in turn help enhance pregnancy rate and decrease the potential hazard of transmitting a genetic abnormality or disease from parents to their offspring.

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