Posts Tagged ‘trisomy’

Detecting Trisomy

Posted by • April 1st, 2015

A simple prenatal blood test made national headlines last year after a study published in NEJM reported its superiority to standard prenatal screening. The test, called cell-free fetal DNA (cfDNA), identified common trisomies (21, 18, and 13) by detecting fragments of fetal DNA in maternal blood. Screening could be done early in a pregnancy and… Read More…

Finding a Genetic Explanation for Stillbirth

Posted by • December 5th, 2012

Within the word “stillbirth” is almost unbearable contradiction, an image of immobility and silence when what we expect is rigorous movement, a loud and explosive cry, a rapid and hammering heartbeat, all the physical warmth of new life.  Parents who confront a stillborn child are forced to deal with the viscerality of this contradiction, requiring… Read More…