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Fertil Steril. 2010 Aug;94(3):1129-31. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2009.11.007. Epub 2010 Jan 13.

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for HLA typing: bases for setting up an open international collaboration when PGD is not available.

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Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland.


In severe forms of Diamond-Blackfan anemia, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of histocompatibility leukocyte antigen-compatible embryos for enabling the next sibling in the family to be a stem-cell transplantation donor constitutes the sole lasting cure capable of terminating the enduring need for iterative transfusions. We report here an open collaboration between two renowned institutions to provide a family desiring this treatment even though they resided where the preimplantation genetic diagnosis procedure is banned.

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