New test is being trialled
A NEW test is being trialled to bring even more scope and surety to one of the most gut wrenching issues parents face – will their baby be born with any chromosomal abnormalities?
Researchers hope that with an extension of the current NIPT – the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test – they can detect many more chromosomal abnormalities early in pregnancy.
The NIPT is available to all women from nine weeks gestation, looking for your risk of conditions such as Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edwards Syndrome (Trisomy 18), and Patau Syndrome (Trisomy 13).
So what’s the new test?
Researchers from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Victoria, collaborating with a Californian team, conducted a major study where they expanded the NIPT to analyse a total of 24 chromosomes, rather than just the standard three.
“Expanding NIPT to include all chromosomes can provide women with additional information about the health of their pregnancy,” Dr Pertile from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute explained.
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