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New test for unborn baby genetic disorders

Friday 29 June 2012 @ 10:55 pm

That’s pretty cool

NBC story about genetic testing

There are few labs around that are already doing these tests. According to their studies – they are about 90% accurate in predicting 3 genetic deseasece right now. Unfortunately, they are not approved by FDA (too early for that). This means that you might have to pay out of your pocket, or work with your doctor and lab to bill your insurance.

I actually did a test in one of these labs, because my second trimester test showed high probability for down syndrom. The genetic test I did came up negative – meaning no chromosome abnormalities. Yey! We’ll see what happens, but I believe my baby will be just fine.

Anyway, here are couple of labs that do genetic testing, check their websites and talk to your OBGYN if you in a high risk category. Sure beats the amniocentesis.

www.sequenomcmm.com

www.verinata.com

Who knows, in a couple of years, you can do this test and it will tell you everything about your baby, eye color, hair color… ruining the surprise 😉




Blood test on mother detects gender in 5 weeks

Wednesday 18 January 2012 @ 9:48 am

New development in the gender prediction: South Korean scientist developed a method of detecting baby gender from mother’s blood test.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21328475.300-blood-test-on-mother-detects-fetuss-sex-at-five-weeks.html

The article also talks about the reasons for knowing the gender as early as possible




Genome Decoding

Wednesday 5 November 2008 @ 9:55 pm

Finally scientists decoded a full human genome of a woman with cancer. And they found out that there are 8 new genes that have not been seen before. Unfortunatly these genes do not match genes taking from tumors of other people which suggests that cancer is a complicated matter and can occur from many different mutations. Does not sound promising for creating effective cancer treatments. However, scientists said that with enough samples (genome sequences) they might be able to find the earliest signs of mutations and produce drugs that stop those mutations before they develop into abnormal cells.

This is not really related to gender prediction, but genes and genome sequencing was always interesting to me. Genes describes a living organizm and the ability to understand and even manipulate them opens up incredible opportunities for good and evil applications.

Link to the article