In what seems as a ray of light to thousands of infertile couples worldwide, a landmark case in IVF has come across in Oxford, London. Connor Levy is the first baby born from the revolutionary IVF test called Next Generation Sequencing. Connor was born seven weeks ago, weighing a healthy 7lb 15 oz. The baby’s ecstatic parents, Marybeth and David, feared they would never be able to start a family, having continuously tried for the past 5 years.
The cutting-edge next generation sequencing determines whether embryos have just the right number of chromosomes. The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology’s annual conference convened that many eggs contain too less or too much chromosomes which stops any chances of conceiving, leading to miscarriage. In fact, having too many chromosomes can lead to conditions such as Down’s syndrome.
Therefore the new testing technology should also further the odds of babies born by IVF being healthy and even cut down the financial costs of IVF. Presently, couples end up coughing up to £15,000 per IVF course, in addition to £2,000-£3,000 for chromosomal testing.
The test can also conduct genetic testing behind rare diseases and diagnose the health and state of mitochondria – the actual ‘batteries’ inside cells that turn the food we eat into energy.