Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Pregnant women can get screened for about 100 diseases

A Growing Array of Tests to Check If Women Are Carriers for Mostly Rare Diseases

Scientists keep identifying new gene mutations, or variations, associated with specific diseases. Advances in DNA technology allow companies to quickly screen large numbers of people, using saliva or blood samples, to determine if parents could pass the genetic variations to their children.

Counsyl offers tests that aim to detect heightened genetic risk for at least 98 different diseases, for between $599 and $999. Another company, Gene by Gene Ltd., of Houston, plans in the next few months to introduce First Look, a test billed as the most comprehensive on the market that can screen for more than 300 diseases. The company expects the price could be close to $1,500.

Read more:
New Genetic Tests for Women Who Are Expecting 

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Image credits: CYCLE

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