Written by: Huang Caiyi
The Health newspaper led a selection, “2015 Top 10 Medical Science & Technology News in China”, and unveiled the result on the last day of 2015. First healthy baby born without hereditary hearing loss benefiting from the preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) led by Professor Chen Zijiang’s team from the reproductive medical center of Shandong University is on the Top 10 list.
Attribute to the cooperation of Professor Chen Zijiang’s team and the team of Wang Qiuju, professor of otolaryngology from PLA general hospital, PGD was performed and a haplotyping based on noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) with maternal plasma DNA for target mutations confirmation was constructed. Eventually, this first healthy baby in China was born on January 29, 2015.
All the candidate news were provided by authority and influential plane journal, E-journal or website plane journal related to innovative medical technology. Through the meticulously screening and review, academicians and authorities decided the final list.
Gao Fu, the academician and the deputy director of C.D.C, indicated that this achievement advances the secondary and tertiary prevention of hereditary hearing loss in our country toward primary prevention, block what cause it. In other words, this achievement is the milestone in Chinese prevention history.
In China, the birth defect not only takes up a great portion in social disease burden, but also a tragedy for the defect baby’s family. “Every single improvement of technology makes our daily life difference,” Gao Fu added, “that’s the main meaning of this achievement, and the primary reason why it was chosen to be the Top 10 news in medical technology.”