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PHG Foundation | Cell-free nucleic acids for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis

Posted Feb 19 2009 5:30pm
PHG Foundation | Cell-free nucleic acids for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis: " Cell-free nucleic acids for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is the result of a project funded and led by the PHG Foundation. An expert Working Group including GPs, obstetricians, midwives, geneticists, NHS commissioners, public health experts, ethicists and patient representatives met over the course of 2008 to consider the use of cell-free fetal nucleic acid technology for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD). In addition to the current scientific and clinical status of the technology, they also looked at ethical, social and legal implications, and key issues associated with implementation in the NHS."

How much obstetrics has changed over the last few years ! It's now possible to diagnose fetal genetic diseases based on a blood sample from the mother !

This report provides a comprehensive review of this exciting new technology, including the ethical, legal and social aspects. The possibility of this technique being used for social sex selection is also discussed; as are the mechanisms for regulating the use of this technology.
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