We are now, for the first time in 10 years, once again accepting parents wishing to participate in this exciting enhancement of reproductive possibilities.
Each of the steps outlined above is very important and we will provide for you here a brief summary of the process involved:
The Fertility Institutes have developed a unique and proprietary blood test examining a complex set of important genetic markers in parents known to be associated with eye color. Each of the tests we perform examine the chromosomes of mother and father to be, to determine if one or both partners carry the necessary building block genetics to produce a child of a chosen eye color. It is important to understand that parents do not have to personally have the eye color they are seeking. They must only carry the genetic codes for that eye color that can be passed on to their child. Clearly, not every person who personally has green eyes has both or even one parent with green eyes. Yet those parents, who do NOT have green eyes, clearly carried the “hidden” genes to produce green eyes in their child. And that is what we are initially looking for in you as parents. We are searching for the codes, hidden or otherwise that you may or may not carry that will allow you to produce a child with the color you seek. It must be remembered that NO ONE and NOTHING can “make” a baby with an eye color. As has been happening from the beginning of humankind, only mom and dad can “make” the eye color by combining their own unique genetics into the new child (see chart below).
What we are now able to do is first examine your eye color genetics as parents to be, to determine if you carry the genes associated with the ability to produce a baby with a chosen eye color. If the necessary building blocks or codes are present, based on the tested genetics, we allow parents the opportunity to enter the program to produce embryos destined to be tested for general genetic health (euploidy), gender if desired and eye color genes.
These genetic results about each individual embryo will be presented to you, and together with your physicians, geneticist and IVF scientists, you will be offered the opportunity to specify which embryo or embryos you elect to have returned to you in the hopes of producing a healthy pregnancy. You will also be given the opportunity to store any healthy unutilized embryos for future transfer.
We are only offering eye color selection at this time in conjunction with our general genetic well-being and gender selection procedures. Eye color preference is available only as an “add-on” procedure to our general procedures. You will be provided additional information about all of the extensive genetic screening that we routinely perform in our IVF-PGS-PGD-Gender Selection program(s). Learn more about our Gender Selection Program.