Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine

Friday, December 11, 2015

New test reduces risk and increases accuracy in prenatal testing

Research into a simple, accurate and low risk blood test that can detect fetal blood group, sex, and genetic conditions in unborn babies has been published in the international scientific journal, Clinical Chemistry.

The test developed can be carried out on mothers at risk of X-linked genetic recessive diseases including haemophilia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy and mothers at risk of haemolytic disease of the new-born. It can use the blood that is taken from the mother when she has her first appointment with her GP or midwife at the early stages of pregnancy, negating the need for multiple appointments and making best use of resources.

Read more:
World first blood test reduces risk, increases accuracy in prenatal testing 

Sourse: TheScientist
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