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Doctors Treat a Rare Genetic Condition Before Patient Is Born
Thanks to continued weekly medications, a 16-month-old girl shows no symptoms of a severe genetic disease that typically kills children before they turn two.
Doctors Treat a Rare Genetic Condition Before Patient Is Born
Doctors Treat a Rare Genetic Condition Before Patient Is Born

Thanks to continued weekly medications, a 16-month-old girl shows no symptoms of a severe genetic disease that typically kills children before they turn two.

Thanks to continued weekly medications, a 16-month-old girl shows no symptoms of a severe genetic disease that typically kills children before they turn two.

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A portrait shot of Beryl Benacerraf, who wears a black shirt and gold necklace and smiles into the camera, on a bluish gray background.
Obstetrics “Giant” Beryl Benacerraf Dies at 73
Katherine Irving | Oct 26, 2022 | 2 min read
Benacerraf pioneered the use of ultrasound to diagnose fetal syndromes.
Lauren Gardner, this year's Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award winner, in front of the COVID-19 dashboard she helped create.
2022 Lasker Award Winners Announced
Katherine Irving | Sep 28, 2022 | 2 min read
This year’s awards recognize work on integrins, noninvasive prenatal screening, and COVID-19 data tracking.
A clinician in a white lab coat sitting in a chair uses an arm cuff to measure the blood pressure of a pregnant patient sitting across from them.
RNA in Blood Predicts High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy
Dan Robitzski | Jan 6, 2022 | 2 min read
Biomarkers in serum correlate with preeclampsia, a condition that can lead to fatal hypertension.
Circulating Fetal Cells Sequenced for Prenatal Testing Study
Emily Makowski | Dec 10, 2019 | 3 min read
Trophoblasts, collected from the mother during a blood draw, can determine fetal genetic abnormalities currently diagnosed through amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling.
Diagnostics Group Refutes FDA’s Concerns
Kerry Grens | Dec 17, 2015 | 1 min read
The Association for Molecular Pathology finds fault in the agency’s report on safety issues associated with certain lab tests.
Cuba Ends Mother-To-Child HIV
Bob Grant | Jul 2, 2015 | 2 min read
The Caribbean nation is the first to effectively eliminate the prenatal transmission of syphilis and the virus that causes AIDS, according to the World Health Organization.
Should Standard Prenatal Screening be Scrapped?
Bob Grant | Feb 28, 2014 | 2 min read
Researchers suggest that a new prenatal DNA test should become the new standard to detect Down syndrome in fetuses.
New DNA-based Prenatal Test
Dan Cossins | Mar 1, 2013 | 2 min read
Another company has launched a non-invasive DNA screen for genetic disorders in unborn babies, adding to the competition in an emerging market.
Top Genomes of 2012
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 20, 2012 | 4 min read
What researchers learned as they dug through some of the most interesting genomes sequenced this year
Year of the Fetus
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 18, 2012 | 6 min read
2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 
Patent War for Prenatal Tests
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 28, 2012 | 1 min read
Four companies who have developed noninvasive genetic prenatal tests are fighting over who has the patent rights to the new and revolutionary techniques.
Mom's Blood Reveals Baby's Down Syndrome
Jef Akst | Oct 25, 2011 | 1 min read
Last week researchers released the first non-invasive prenatal test for Down syndrome, and more such tests are expected in the coming months.
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