New technologies offer noninvasive prenatal gene testing

04/23/2008 | M.I.T. Technology Review

Companies are developing noninvasive tests that can detect genetic disorders in a developing fetus. Sequenom is working on a prenatal test that examines SNPs to diagnose Down syndrome. Biocept has devised a test that spots the condition by isolating fetal cells from maternal cells using a microfluidic system and antibodies, and analyzing them with fluorescent molecular tags.

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