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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to take part in the very 1st Meeting on Controversies in preconception, preimplantation and prenatal genetic diagnosis: How will genetics technology drive the future? (CoGEN), taking place September 25-27, 2015 in Paris, France.

The ongoing reduction in the costs of genome sequencing has brought us a giant step closer to the point in which personal genome sequencing for fertility will be standard. Medical and scientific professionals must develop ways to help physicians leverage genome information for the benefit of their patients. The personalized medicine vision that is quickly becoming reality is based heavily on computational biomedicine. This quickly advancing discipline processes, integrates and analyzes genomic, clinical and molecular information. Methods developed in this field have already instigated a revolution, not just in biomedical research and theory, but also in our ability to diagnose incurable diseases and develop appropriate treatments. The objectives of this conference are twofold: to enhance our ability to provide genetic counseling to couples interested in getting pregnant, and to evaluate embryo genetics in order to increase oocyte implantation effectiveness and optimize early diagnosis of genetic diseases.

We look forward to welcoming you for an exciting and fruitful experience!

Sincerely yours,

Prof. Simon Fishel, UK Prof. Yuval Yaron, Israel
                            Co-Chairpersons

On behalf of the Scientific Committee
Luca Gianaroli, Italy
Tony Gordon, UK
Alan Handyside, UK
Gary Harton, USA
Ariel Hourwitz, Israel
Mark Hughes, USA

Santiago Munné, USA
Svetlana Rechitsky, USA
Richard Scott, USA
Zeev Shoham, Israel
Ariel Weissman, Israel
Dagan Wells, UK