Unborn babies could be tested for 3,500 genetic faults

The Telegraph | June 6, 2012

By Stephen Adams

A team has been able to predict the whole genetic code of a foetus by taking a blood sample from a woman who was 18 weeks pregnant, and a swab of saliva from the father.

They believe that, in time, the test will become widely available, enabling doctors to screen unborn babies for some 3,500 genetic disorders.

At the moment the only genetic disorder routinely tested for on the NHS is Down’s syndrome.

This is a large-scale genetic defect caused by having an extra copy of a bundle of DNA, called a chromosome.

Other such faults are sometimes tested for, but usually only when there is a risk of inheriting them from a parent.

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1 Comment on "Unborn babies could be tested for 3,500 genetic faults"

  1. Dread Pirate Roberts | September 10, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply

    About 90% of children found to have Downs Syndrome via prenatal genetic screening are aborted. Eugenics is alive and well. My friend commentted that have a “special needs” sibling now is a major factor in the “dating game.” When I asked him why, he responded that people do not want to risk the conceptionn of a child with a genetic or inheritable disease/deformation. Eugenics is alive and well in our culture!

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