Dr Wong Pak Seng Fertility Specialist
Mr Aaron Chen Jang Jih Pre-implantation Genetic Testing Scientist
Jill Smokler said it best when she said, “Being a parent is dirty, scary, beautiful, hard, miraculous, exhausting, thankless, joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything.” The journey of parenthood is undoubtedly no easy feat. I believe any parent can attest to that. I have even overheard some parents saying how simple it was to conceive their child; the tough bit was actually caring for them after they had made their entrance into this world. However, the same cannot be said for all parents.
For many couples out there, conceiving a child can be a difficult journey in itself. Years of struggling with infertility issues, recurrent miscarriages or the fear of passing on an inheritable genetic disease to their offspring can be very disheartening to any couple. But now, thanks to the advances in fertility treatment, couples are now much, much closer to realising their dreams of having a healthy child (and a happy family) of their own.
This month’s Special Report takes you into the world of genetic screening as Associate Editors Wong Jie Ying and Lim Teck Choon sit down with Fertility Specialist Dr Wong Pak Seng and Pre-implantation Genetic Testing Scientist Mr Aaron Chen to discuss all things fertility – from genetic and chromosomal abnormalities to inheritable disorders to the various types of screening available such as pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and post-conception screening.