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Prenatal Diagnosis

Autism: Who's the Culprit? Mother Nature or Mother Nurture?

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 07.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

April -- which annually serves as Autism Awareness Month -- brought showers of awareness on the condition and with it tremendous debate. Having comple...

A Former IVF Baby on "Three-Parent IVF"

Jessica Cussins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

There are large social and ethical considerations that mitochondrial replacement forces us to confront. Most importantly, this technology raises one of the thorniest questions humanity will ever face: are we willing to genetically modify future generations of humans?

Let's Write A Brand New Story For Down Syndrome

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

Many of us who have children with Down syndrome want the rest of the world to know that we were mistaken in our initial assumptions and emotions. We want the world to know how much we celebrate our children's lives. And so we tell the story, from grief to hope, again and again.

Dear Mom With A Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Lauren Warner | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Lauren Warner

I cannot tell you what challenges your precious one might have -- just as I cannot tell you what challenges anybody's child will have, "special needs" or not. One aspect of your child's life just happens to be detectable by prenatal medical technology.

Non-Invasive Tests for Down Syndrome Are Here -- Now What?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

Science can be as dramatic as television, and in the 15 years since fetal DNA was first extracted from maternal serum, the quest to develop a reliable, non-invasive test for Down syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities has at times resembled a soap opera.

The Blood Test to Diagnose Down Syndrome Goes on Sale (Finally!)

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

Once again we are on the cusp of a maternal blood test for Down syndrome: Sequenom announced it would launch its test that diagnoses Down syndrome without an invasive test. Here's my prediction: nothing will change for years.

Are We Ready to Embrace Prenatal Blood Tests?

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

In the field of prenatal diagnosis this has become a holy grail of sorts, with researchers chasing a reliable test, and diagnostics companies lapping at their heels to bring the tests to market and reap the financial rewards.