Friday, July 9, 2010
Researchers are close to completing development of a blood test for Down's Syndrome:
Dutch researchers are close to developing a blood test to determine if the unborn child of a pregnant women has Down syndrome or other chromosome abnormalities. The announcement was reported recently at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.
The blood test may reveal problems with the fetal DNA as early as the sixth to eighth week of pregnancy, and the test would be offered to high-risk women. Typically, an amniocentesis test, which is more invasive and carries a higher risk for miscarriage and vaginal bleeding, is given.
The blood test will need to undergo additional study, but if it is found to be accurate and successful, researchers say the blood test may be available within a few years.
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