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Non-invasive Method Found to Check Health of Unborn Babies

Researchers have developed a non-invasive way to check for birth defects in women who are no more than five weeks pregnant. The test could do away with potentially harmful methods — collecting either fluid or a small tissue sample from the growing fetus's placenta or sac — now used to screen for congenital defects in the growing fetus.  More than 6,000 congenital diseases, including sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome, are caused by a single gene mutation. Many of the genetic...

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