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My Wife Almost Died. Twice.

Scott Valins | Posted 11.14.2014 | Parents
Scott Valins

We slowly developed an ability to vocalize, to be open and to share the pain. As much as family and friends were there for us, the only person who would understand the day-to-day void left at home was my daughter.

Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

Jon Entine | Posted 10.30.2014 | Science
Jon Entine

Modern eugenic aspirations are not about the draconian top-down measures promoted by the Nazis and their ilk. Instead of being driven by a desire to "improve" the species, new eugenics is driven by our personal desire to be as healthy, intelligent and fit as possible.

First Trimester Screen: More Questions Than Answers

Cara Paiuk | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

With the twins, I did much more testing for two reasons: I had lost several pregnancies, and I had crossed the formidable 4-0 age barrier.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: Is This the Brave New World We Want?

Alexandra Minna Stern | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Alexandra Minna Stern

If NIPT becomes part of routine prenatal care, it poses real challenges for genetic counselors, whose professional charge is to communicate genetic information to a wide range of clients in a manner that respects reproductive autonomy and the rights of people with disabilities.

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.