Blood test could save the life of unborn baby

A simple blood test could save the lives of hundred of unborn babies each year. The detection of condition Down’s syndrome would remove the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women that is associated with current tests. The new method is offered to the families at high risk of having baby with genetic conditions which only affects boys, such as muscular dystrophy.

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Women think of having baby in such condition to be highly risky. They have choice of two procedures one is amniocentesis & other is chorionic villus sampling. Both involve putting a needle into the womb to remove fluid surrounding the unborn baby & raise the risk of miscarriage. With one in 100 babies being miscarried, some women decide the risks are too great to take.

The new NIPD test requires only a blood sample from the arm. Fragments of the child's DNA in the mother's bloodstream give vital information. Thousands of women every year have invasive tests for Down's syndrome, so the test could save hundreds of unborn lives annually. The new test could remove the agonizing couples experience over whether.

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