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May 16, 2013 10:35 AM by Marissa Torres

Cutting edge test helps expectant parents

How would you like to know whether you're having a boy or a girl early in your pregnancy? Now a new cutting edge test that can do that in a totally non-invasive way.

"so nervous, so excited. Yeah I think we're pretty anxious. I just like to prepare. I think there are different kinds of preparations involved for each gender, and to be honest, the main reason is I just would just love to know anything as soon as I possibly can." says expectant mother, Naeko Karst.

In the past, Karst wouldn't have been able to find out the gender of the baby until she was 18-20 weeks into the pregnancy. But now there's a new test, that will allow her to find out, in half the time.

It's called Maternal T21, and it uses cutting edge methods to detect the baby's gender in the mother's blood.

"There's called free circulating DNA, the fetus, some of its dna gets into the maternal blood and we can actually detect that dna. we can do this test around 10 weeks, so it's very early in the pregnancy, you're detecting the actual DNA and the accuracy of these tests are about 99%," says reproductive endocrinologist, Dr. Mazin Abdullah.

The test will also detect whether there are chromosome issues early on, like Downs Syndrome.

"Now it's testing for 3 major chromosomes ; 13, 18, and 21, and they're responsible for a large number of chromosomal abnormalities. These are the ones that can go all the way to term, they're responsible for a high number of miscarriages, they're responsible for a number of unhealthy babies being born."

A sample blood drawn from the mother is all it takes.

"Amniocentesis has a 1 in 300 chance of causing a miscarriage. Some for our patients, they essentially worked a very long time to get to that point, and they want the least invasive process possible."



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