Health & Food
New prenatal Down syndrome test is simpler, safer
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Scientists in Europe have developed a simpler test for detecting Down syndrome in unborn babies.
The new blood test can pick up fetal DNA that has been shed into the mother's bloodstream.
Currently, doctors take a sample of amniotic fluid or the placenta. Those sampling procedures involve a small risk of miscarriage.
The new tests are not yet available, but at least one company is working on one.
The company hopes to introduce the new test in about a year.
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