Use in clinical context
IVF is a technique that can be used to help people with fertility problems have a baby.
During IVF, it is possible to take a small number of cells from the embryo to test for genomic variants that are known to result in some genetic conditions. Embryos that do not carry the variant can then be transferred to the womb. This is known as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and is an option for parents who do not want to pass on known familial pathogenic variants to their children.