This Geneticist is Gaming Infertility Treatment — and Has Tens of Thousands of Babies to Show for it
December 4, 2018
By Shalayne Pulia
Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe is a powerhouse scientist who has been helping families one embryo at a time since 2007. That is when she and her team at the Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) introduced Comprehensive Chromosome Screening (CCS), which tests for an abnormal number of chromosomes in embryos — a leading cause of miscarriages in women 35 or older. With CCS, doctors can ensure that only embryos with a full set of 23 chromosomes are implanted into patients during IVF treatments. The practice was quickly adopted by clinics worldwide, allowing for the birth of tens of thousands of healthy babies.
Now, the Australian-born scientific director is also leading a new lab at CCRM’s Colorado base dedicated to eradicating hereditary cancers. “These families all have stories about loved ones from every generation dying of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer,” she says. “We can eliminate the cancer mutation from their family trees forever. By testing and implanting embryos that are cancer-mutation-free, babies are born with the full potential of life.”