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First-trimester Blood Test Reveals Fetal Gender
2012-01-04 05:57:00

A new South Korean study could pave the way for a simple, non-invasive test that predicts fetal gender as early as the first trimester of pregnancy. The researchers discovered that various ratios of two enzymes (DYS14/GAPDH), which can be extracted from a pregnant mother's blood, indicate whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. "Generally, early fetal gender determination has been performed by invasive procedures such as chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis. However, these...

2011-10-28 07:00:00

International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis recommends caution, counseling. Charlottesville, VA (PRWEB) October 28, 2011 With the 14 October 2011 release of a clinical validation study in the journal Genetics in Medicine, life sciences company Sequenom, Inc. launched a new non-invasive test for Down syndrome in the U.S., MaterniT21. Through massively parallel sequencing (MPS), a complex form of DNA sequencing, the test can detect a large proportion of Down syndrome-affected pregnancies....

2011-10-17 14:45:26

A new DNA-based prenatal blood test that can strikingly reduce the number of risky diagnostic procedures needed to identify a pregnancy with Down syndrome is ready to be introduced into clinical practice. The test can be offered as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to women who have been identified as being at high risk for Down syndrome. These are the results of an international, multicenter study published online today in the journal Genetics in Medicine. The study, the largest and most...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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