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Early foetal sex determination using micro-volume of maternal plasma

The presence of cell-free foetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal plasma was first discovered by Lo et al. in 1997, opening a new range of possibilities for non-invasive prenatal testing. cffDNA represents around 10% of total cell-free DNA in maternal circulation, [...]

Scientists use PCR to confirm the impact of malaria in pregnancy

Low-level Plasmodium falciparum infections may not cause full-blown malaria symptoms, but they could still affect pregnant women. Researchers at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD; Institute for Development Research) and the Centre d'Étude et de Recherche sur le [...]

PCR testing of cell-free DNA could improve Down’s syndrome testing

Expectant parents and physicians concerned about Down's syndrome (foetal trisomy 21) and other trisomies want tests to be fast and non-invasive, but most of all they want them to be accurate. The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used to [...]

PCR helps uncover a blood test for an unborn baby’s sex

Wanting to know the sex of your baby can be as simple as knowing what colour to paint the nursery. However, it can also be vital to your child’s future health – there are certain disorders such as the neurological [...]

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