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2010-12-09 06:05:00

Scientists have found a new way to learn all there is to know about a fetus's genetic make-up by taking a sample of the pregnant mother's blood, according to a study released on Wednesday. Before now, the most accurate way of screening a fetus for potential abnormalities has posed risks to the unborn child because they require doctors to take samples of fetal tissue by piercing the womb. The techniques, which included amniocentisis and chorionic villus sampling, presented problems for...

2008-11-25 16:08:39

Researchers claim blood samples taken from expectant mothers may soon reveal if her baby has a wide range of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia and sickle cell anemia. In the past, prenatal diagnoses of such disorders have been possible only through invasive procedures like amniocentesis "” the extraction of a small amount of fluid from the sac surrounding a developing fetus. Such a procedure carries a greater risk of fetal miscarriage. Now, a Chinese University of...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'