New Prenatal Tests Prove Safer To Test For Down Syndrome

October 7, 2008

Researchers have found a much safer way to test for Down syndrome in pregnant women, thanks to a new genetic test....Washington (ChattahBox) – Researchers have found a much safer way to test for Down syndrome in pregnant women, thanks to a new genetic test.

The new method was developed by researchers from Stanford University, as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

They tested out the new method on a total of 18 women at the Prenatal Diagnostic Center at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

The method used focuses on gene-sequencing to check on the DNA of the women.

From the blood, they are able to safely test for Down syndrome, and other disorders.

This is safer than current prenatal tests, which pose major risks of infection, and miscarriage.

Their study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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