What is a genetic disease?

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Researchers have detected over 4,000 diseases that are caused by some genetic mutation. These, however, do not always develop or show. Today here at PGD Labs, a laboratory specialized in reproductive genetics, we would like to shed some light on genetic diseases and let you know what we can do for you to prevent your future child from developing one.

What are genetic diseases?

A genetic disease is a pathology caused by an alteration of the genome, which as a result causes the synthesis of defective proteins. Each day, new disorders or diseases that have genetics as their root cause are discovered.

There are different types of diseases that are considered to be genetic:

  • Chromosome anomalies
  • Single gene defects
  • Multi-factor problems
  • Teratogenic problems

How is a genetic disease transmitted?

In these cases, the anomaly is in the genes that are transferred from parents to children during conception. As a result, the embryos have a full set of genes from the mother and a full set of genes from the father. If the copy that the embryo receives from both progenitors has a mutation in the same gene, the baby will be born with the disease. Conversely, if it receives a gene with the mutation only from one of both parties, it will be a carrier, but will not be affected by the disease.

However, it is important to point out that some babies are born with an alteration without either progenitor being a carrier, because new mutations continuously develop in our body. In order to detect these alterations, it is necessary to perform painstaking genetic analyses such as the ones we perform in our laboratory.

PGS Labs, specialist in genetic alterations

PGD Labs is a laboratory located in Kuwait, whose main goal is to provide support to Fertility Clinics to improve pregnancy rates in couples who have problems to conceive, as well as to help those that are at risk of having a child with some form of genetic disease.

Our biologists are highly specialized in all the causes that may lead to a gene alteration or disease, as well as in the methods to prevent gestating embryos from having a mutation. As a result, the child will be born healthy and free from any genetic diseases.

Do you have any more questions related to some type of genetic disease? Get in touch with us and we will address them, no strings attached.