Advanced Genetic Tests Spot More Defects Before Birth, New England Journal of Medicine Reveals

Published: Dec 06, 2012

Birth defects can be spotted more precisely with advanced genetic tests that are performed on a fetus than with current prenatal tests, and may help pinpoint abnormalities that cause stillbirths, researchers said. Two studies published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggest the tests called chromosomal microarrays could become standard for women with high-risk pregnancies. They may eventually be offered to all pregnant women, said Ronald Wapner, vice chairman of research at Columbia University Medical Center’s department of obstetrics and gynecology in New York.

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