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Bioethics informs debate – Gareth Jones

John Kerr posted in on March 21st, 2013.

Bioethicists challenge boundaries society takes for granted – but must “tread carefully”, writes a leading bioethics expert. The University of Otago’s  Prof Gareth Jones found himself in embroiled in debate earlier this month when he published the New Zealand Medical Journal article, ‘Testing times: do new prenatal tests signal the end of Down syndrome?’ The […]

Blood test to diagnose Down syndrome

Peter Griffin posted in on October 7th, 2008.

For decades scientists have sought a non-invasive way to diagnose Down syndrome in babies. Current testing involves amniocentesis, which on very rare occasions may cause miscarriages. But a new, non-invasive technique for diagnosing conditions such as Down syndrome at as early as 14 weeks gestation and requiring just a blood test has been outlined in […]

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