Down’s Syndrome Screening Through a Simple Blood Test

April 23, 2014 1:59 pm

According to a recent report produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), maternal blood testing for Down`s Syndrome could and should become standard practice. Until recently, any form of prenatal genetic diagnosis required invasive procedures to obtain samples of fetal tissue for testing. While this form of testing is widely used and extremely accurate it does carry some risks to the fetus and the mother, which include a 1 in 100 chance of pregnancy loss. Finding intact fetal cells and cffDNA in maternal blood cells has enabled researchers to perform a non-invasive test for Down`s Syndrome, Edwards Syndrome, and Patau Syndrome. This is currently being referred to as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing Recent medical advancements... View Article