Baby born in Seville in ‘historical advance’

25th July 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 July 2006, SEVILLE – For the first time in the Spanish state health system, a baby has been born free from hereditary disease using a sophisticated embryo selection technique.

25 July 2006

SEVILLE – For the first time in the Spanish state health system, a baby has been born free from hereditary disease using a sophisticated embryo selection technique.

Carmen was born weighing 3.405 kilos, announced the Hospital Virgen del Rocio in Seville on Tuesday.

The hospital said it used Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to ensure Carmen was free from the hereditary form of the muscle-wasting disease Duchenne’s.

PGD involves diagnosing embryos which may be affected by Duchenne’s and implanting unaffected embryos into the mother’s uterus using IVF treatment.

At a press conference, Andalusia’s health minister Maria Jesus Montero said Carmen’s birth was "a historical advance". She said PGD was currently only available in the southern Spanish region where the technique could benefit 50 couples a year who are carriers of diseases like cystic fibrosis and Huntingdon disease.

A total of 28 Andalusian couples have taken part in the first use of PGD in the region in a study which began on 28 June last year. Doctors were able to initiate reproductive cycles in 13 couples. However, only two have finally been successful – the case of Carmen and another baby due to be born in Granada within the next 28 weeks.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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