It was not that long ago when parents had to anxiously wait for the birth of their child before learning anything about it. Because of ultrasound technology and prenatal testing, however, parents today have access to a great deal of information about the fetus.
Now it seems that there is one more groundbreaking innovation in the works: highly accurate prenatal tests to detect Down Syndrome. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a Roche blood test managed to detect all cases of Down Syndrome in the test group of nearly 16,000 women, with only a 0.06 percent false-positive rate.
Knowing in advance about a child’s disability is an enormous help for parents. Rather than being overwhelmed by unexpected challenges, they will have time to prepare themselves mentally, emotionally, and financially. This technology still has a long way to go, but it is a promising glimpse of what is to come; what kind of information will DNA tests twenty years from now yield?
Peace of Mind through Confirmation
Nothing is more reassuring for a parent than knowing the facts. The prenatal tests of today are already quite impressive; it is easy to find out the gender and paternity of an unborn child early on in the pregnancy, as a blood sample from the mother contains enough fetal cells to give us this information.
Compared to amniocentesis or CVS, prenatal paternity testing through taking blood samples is much safer for both the mother and fetus. DNA Plus is the first lab in the country to offer this non-invasive and convenient procedure.
A simple test can help you determine what gender the unborn child will be, and who the real father is. You have the right to know, and we have solutions that can help. Browse through our website, or give us a call today to discuss your needs.