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December 12, 2010

Chinese Scientists Develop Prenatal Genetic Disease Blood Test

Scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a test that can identify the traits of genetic diseases in unborn children from a sample of the mother's blood. The non-invasive prenatal diagnosis test analyses traces of a foetus' DNA in its mother's bloodstream, and ca

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Scientists at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a test that can identify the traits of genetic diseases in unborn children from a sample of the mother’s blood.

The non-invasive prenatal diagnosis test analyses traces of a foetus’ DNA in its mother’s bloodstream, and can reveal a number of genetic disorders, such as cystic fibrosis and sickle-cell anaemia.

Current diagnostic techniques such as amniocentesis involve inserting a needle into the womb, which can cause miscarriage in about one in 100 pregnancies.

The new test completely eliminates the dangers of amniocentesis, and can also provide the result eight weeks earlier than the currently used.

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