April 24, 2024

Monash device could screen for all genetic diseases

Researchers at Monash University have used gene chip technology to develop a 100% accurate test for one of the most common mutations for cystic fibrosis. Within two or three years, it will be possible for parents to test their embryos for many of the 1000 mutations which cause CF.

The technology was developed by Chelsea Salvado, a PhD student working with Professor Alan Trounson at the Institute of Reproduction and Development at Monash. She foresees that gene chips — or microarray technology — will make possible a uniform, single, quick test for genetic mutations. Doctors will be able to offer pre- implantation genetic diagnosis for all genetic diseases in the future, she says.