Genetic Testing 101 – Podcast

By CooperGenomics — October 13, 2020

1 min read

Are you a podcast junkie? If so, check out this Creating a Family episode where two of Cooper’s genetic counselors break down the basics of preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). The Creating a Family podcast, hosted by Dawn Davenport, explores the many ways families are made, including adoption, foster care, and assisted reproductive technologies. In this episode, Rachael Cabey, MS, CGC, lead laboratory genetic counselor at CooperGenomics, and Jenna Miller, MS, CGC, CooperGenomics’ clinical science liaison, have a lively discussion with Dawn about all the ins and outs of PGT: including all those pesky acronyms!

Rachael and Jenna thoroughly lay out the differences between preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A), monogenic conditions (PGT-M), and structural rearrangements (PGT-SR). If you’re not sure what these tests are for, how they work, what information they can and cannot provide, or whether you could benefit from them, this podcast is for you! Tune in for an explanation of some of the more confusing PGT-A results, such as segmental aneuploidies and polyploidy. The episode additionally includes a helpful chat about mosaicism and the emerging data on mosaic embryo transfer. There’s even some information on the technology behind these tests, as well as the benefits and limitations of those technologies.

We hope you find this episode of Creating a Family enjoyable as well as informative! Happy listening!


About Creating a Family:

Creating a Family is the national adoption & foster care education and support nonprofit. Our mission is to strengthen and inspire adoptive, foster & kinship parents and the professionals who support them.  Our vision is that every adopted and foster child has a family who understands their unique gifts and challenges and is equipped to help them thrive. 

Visit them at: Creating a Family