, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 82-90

A fast and efficient method for simultaneous X and Y in situ hybridization of human blastomeres

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Purpose

To use a 6-hr fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) procedure involving fluorochrome-labeled probes to determine the gender of blastomeres from arrested biopsied human embryos.

Results

Simultaneous detection of X and Y chromosomes was performed on 68 blastomeres with this technique. The FISH efficiency for gender determination was 95.5% (65/68). In addition, rehybridization with chromosome 8-specific probes was performed to determine the ploidy of blastomeres with more than two sex chromosomes.

Conclusion

This technique offers an alternative to polymerase chain reaction for the preimplantation diagnosis of X-linked diseases and can also be used for ploidy assessment.