The Technology and Use of Blastomere Analysis

Authors

  • CINDY L. MUNRO RN, PhD,

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    1. Cindy L. Munro is an assistant professor of medical-surgical nursing at the School of Nursing, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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  • RITA H. PICKLER RN, PhD

    1. Rita H. Pickler is an assistant professor of maternal-child nursing at the School of Nursing, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
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Address for correspondence: Cindy L. Munro, RN, PhD, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, PO Box 567, Richmond, VA 23298-0567.

Abstract

With the use of blastomere analysis, it is possible to screen for serious genetic disease before initiating pregnancy through in vitro fertilization. The analysis provides information about an embryo's genetic composition before implantation. This article describes the technique of blastomere analysis and its current and potential uses. Implications for nursing practice and education are identified.

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