Fetal DNA tests prove highly accurate but experts warn of exceptions

by jeeg 2. April 2015 20:48
  A Roche blood test to screen fetuses for Down syndrome worked far better than standard prenatal screening tests in younger, low-risk women, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday, setting the stage for more widespread use. The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is th... [More]

Genomic tools will test our resolve to remain flawed

by jeeg 6. May 2014 22:07
  Most Canadian women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome opt for an abortion, and recent advances in prenatal genome sequencing could offer hundreds of new reasons to end a pregnancy. Yet there are no rules to govern how this new technology can be used. Several medical techn... [More]

Fetal genome sequenced without the father's DNA

by jeeg 5. July 2012 22:08
Who's your daddy? Clinicians seeking to pinpoint genetic diseases in developing fetuses may no longer need to know the identity of the father, thanks to a method for sequencing a fetus's genome using just a blood sample drawn from a pregnant woman.   Researchers have known for some time... [More]

Prenatal DNA testing a 'Pandora's box'

by jeeg 13. June 2011 22:51
Imagine being pregnant and taking a simple blood test that lays bare the DNA of your foetus. And suppose that DNA could reveal not only medical conditions such as Down syndrome, but also things like eye colour and height. And the risk for developing depression or Alzheimer's disease. And the c... [More]
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