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2012-06-08 09:29:35

Prenatal screening for Down syndrome (DS) is still in need of improvement. Perinatal medicine experts have worked hard to find new biomarkers for screening of DS. Dr. Shi he Shao and his co-investigators, from Jiangsu University and Changzhou Woman and Children Health Hospital, report in the May 2012 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine that they have successfully identified twenty-nine differentially expressed proteins in maternal serum from pregnancies carrying DS fetuses with...

Fetal Genome Mapped Through Maternal-Paternal DNA
2012-06-07 10:34:23

Scientists have successfully sequenced the genome of a fetus after taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant, and a swab of saliva from the father -- a move that could play a significant role in the screening of rare disorders before the child is even born. The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, is not the first study to have shown a fetal genome can be glimpsed with a sample of the mother´s blood, but does offer a more accurate...

2012-06-06 23:01:31

RDS Runners share their stories on why they are running for Down syndrome research. Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 06, 2012 Research Down Syndrome and its national RDS Runners Charity Racing Program observes June 6, National Running Day by spotlighting three RDS Runners participating in races as fundraisers for Down syndrome research. Our featured runners have a daugther, a brother and a future nephew with Down syndrome. They share in a commitment to have their miles support the RDS mission to...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'