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Title: An investigation of genome stability in human female meiosis by genome-wide chromosome fingerprinting and copy number analysis
Author: Blanshard, Robert Christopher
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 4234
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2019
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In both natural and assisted human conceptions, the incidence of extra or missing chromosomes (aneuploidy) increases dramatically in women of advanced maternal age (35 years and above). An estimated 5-30% of all natural conceptions are thought to be aneuploid, of which 70-90% of supernumerary chromosomes are expected to be maternally inherited. In addition, structural abnormalities lead to segmental aneuploidies, which are poorly understood. In both cases, the resulting genomic imbalance is a major cause of infertility, pregnancy loss, and congenital disorders in human. Within the last five years, technological advances have improved the resolution for genome content analysis in trophectoderm biopsies (3-10 cells) taken from preimplantation embryos. Using these technologies and improving them to single cell resolution will allow unprecedented studies of the rates and origins of aneuploidies in the human germline. In this thesis, I have assessed and discussed the clinical incidence and impact of mosaic and segmental chromosome abnormalities in preimplantation embryos (Chapter 3); the requirement for single cell genomics, and develop of a pipeline for concurrent NGS and SNP microarray analysis on individual products of meiosis (Chapter 4); and development of a highprecision, single cell genotyping algorithm through collaboration, to ask questions about genome diversification and human genome evolution (Chapter 5). Collectively, my findings show that the chromosomes are highly unstable in the human eggs and preimplantation embryos and discuss the implication for embryo testing.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QH0447 Genes. Alleles. Genome