Fertility Clinics Scan for the Strongest Embryo

by jeeg 15. July 2014 18:48
  Annika Levitt initially resisted the fertility clinic’s suggestion that only one embryo — rather than the usual two or more — be transferred to her uterus because she was too small to risk carrying more than one baby. “You go through all that and you put only one b... [More]

New DNA Test Can Predict Childhood Obesity. Has Gene Screening Gone Too Far?

by jeeg 31. March 2014 22:15
Scientific advances promise less-invasive ways to screen for diseases in unborn children. But are we on the road to an age of 'designer babies'? Will your child become obese one day? Finding out may be as easy as testing your youngster's blood. But this type of testing is raising concerns about h... [More]

Dennis Lo: 'Should parents be told about a disease their child might get?'

by jeeg 7. September 2013 01:26
Yuk Ming Dennis Lo recalls the reaction when in 1997 he and colleagues published the unusual news that fragments of an unborn baby's DNA circulate freely in its mother bloodstream in significant quantities. First, he was surprised by the ready acceptance of a discovery he likens to finding your ... [More]

As Prenatal Testing For Down Syndrome Increases, So Do Concerns About Counseling

by jeeg 21. August 2013 21:57
Devan Weathers was pulling into her office parking lot from a lunch break when she got the phone call from her doctor. She was 20 weeks pregnant with her second child and had received two abnormal ultrasounds. Her doctor had said she would be a good candidate for a new test called "Harmony," ... [More]

A Brave New World of Prenatal DNA Sequencing

by jeeg 30. January 2013 23:01
Prenatal testing could become safer and more informative in the coming years thanks to technologies developed to survey a fetus’s genome from the mom’s blood.   Illumina, the world’s leading manufacturer DNA sequencing machines, is now moving aggressively into the fiel... [More]

Fetal gene screening comes to market

by jeeg 26. October 2011 23:20
Non-invasive procedure could make prenatal testing easier, but it comes with ethical problems.   Until last week, scrutinizing a fetus's DNA for indications of genetic abnormalities meant tapping into the mother's womb with a needle. Now there's a test that can do it using a small sampl... [More]

New CRG Special Report: Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis (NIPD)

by jeeg 2. July 2011 00:52
Whether you view Non-Invasive Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis (NIPD) positively as a way to better inform decision making and reduce human suffering, or with caution as part of a movement towards eugenic practices, it's clear that NIPD raises new issues of social and ethical consequence and makes o... [More]

Simple prenatal genetic tests may lead to healthier babies -- and more abortions

by jeeg 27. January 2011 19:48
If reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis give you the heebie-jeebies, Booster Shots is sorry to inform you that things are about to get a lot more complicated. In just the past month, researchers have made great strides in their ability t... [More]
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