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Fetal Genetic Testing Breakthrough
For the first time, researchers are able to map the genome of an unborn child using only a blood sample from the mother and saliva from the father. Scientists at the University of Washington say that in the future, the non-invasive procedure could predict genetic mutations in the fetus as early as the first trimester.
Mapping the fetal genome gives parents a peek at what potential genetic mutations their unborn child may have. Some advocates consider the new DNA breakthrough a leap forward. But others have ethical concerns.
Have you or your child had genetic testing? How do you feel about prenatal genetic screening?
Jacob Kitzman: Assistant graduate researcher at the University of Washington