Getting to Know Your Body While Trying to Conceive

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We’ve spent our entire lives inside of our bodies, so we should know them pretty well, right? Despite time spent in biology classes and doctor’s offices, a lot of us don’t have the first idea...

A Brief History of Cystic Fibrosis

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In the genetics world, cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the better-known inherited conditions. It's relatively common (at least in the European population) and it has its own well-established foundation, representing approximately 30,000 people with...

Do You Know Your Ethnicity?

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During a genetic counseling consultation, a patient is asked about their ethnic background. This helps us provide a more accurate risk assessment for a pregnancy to be affected with a given condition. Though everyone is...

CooperGenomics Genetic Counseling: A Unique Experience

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You may have recently read one of several press articles about the nationwide shortage of genetic counselors. Some articles, like this one released by NPR, focus on the deficit of qualified professionals, while others, like...

Elena’s Story: Importance of Fertility Testing

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Welcome to my first post for CooperGenomics.  I am so honored to be asked to be a monthly contributor as an advocate for infertility awareness and support.  My name is Elena and I blog at...

Diapers, Bottles, Genetic Tests, II

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Genetic testing is just one of the many options to weigh when planning to have a baby. Our last post introduced Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), the process of screening for genetic disorders in embryos. Preimplantation...

Diapers, Bottles, Genetic Tests

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Today, along with buying diapers, bottles, onesies and the perfect bib, moms and dads-to-be are adding a number of sophisticated genetic tests to their “New Baby Preparation” to-do list. Genetic testing can allow future parents...

ESHRE 2014

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Since its first meeting in 1985, European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has dedicated itself to promoting significant advancements in the field of reproductive biology and medicine. ESHRE supports research and emphasizes the...

Sequenced at Birth: A New Era in Newborn Screening?

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Every year, millions of babies are born in the United States. Before leaving the hospital, all babies are routinely screened for selected inherited and congenital conditions using a few drops of blood from the newborn’s...