Published in Women's Health Weekly, October 23rd, 2003
"Progress in our understanding of the molecular basis of heritable diseases, through identification of specific mutations, has provided a foundation for the development of DNA-based prenatal diagnosis. Genetic analysis of fetal DNA is now routinely performed from chorionic villus samples obtained as early as the tenth week of gestation or by amniocentesis from week 15 onwards. However, both of these approaches involve invasive procedures with increased risk of fetal loss," researchers in the United States report.
"To avoid such complications, attempts have been made to develop...
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