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2012-02-10 14:32:58

In a study to be presented today at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting , in Dallas, Texas, researchers will report findings that indicate that massively parallel sequencing can be used to diagnose fetal aneuploidies, including Down syndrome, Edwards syndrome, Patau syndrome and Turner syndrome. Because of the importance of the clinical data, the abstract, entitled Genome Wide Fetal Aneuploidy Detection by Sequencing of Maternal Plasma DNA:...

2012-01-09 19:08:55

Aria Diagnostics (formerly Tandem Diagnostics), a molecular diagnostics company, today announced publication of data supporting a directed, non-invasive approach to cell-free DNA (cfDNA) analysis in maternal blood for evaluation of two common fetal trisomies linked to genetic disorders. The results, assessing the detection of Trisomy 21 (associated with Down syndrome) and Trisomy 18 (associated with Edwards syndrome), were published online at...

Flies And Mice Help Scientists Get To The Heart Of Down Syndrome
2011-11-04 10:19:17

[ Watch the Video ] A novel study involving fruit flies and mice has allowed biologists to identify two critical genes responsible for congenital heart defects in individuals with Down syndrome, a major cause of infant mortality and death in people born with this genetic disorder. In a paper published in the November 3 issue of the open access journal PLoS Genetics, researchers from UC San Diego, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., and the University of...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'karpos', fruit.
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