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Prenatal diagnostics

Fetal genes in mother's blood

The genome sequence of a fetus can be inferred from the relative numbers of variants of DNA sequences in a pregnant woman's blood. This advance in non-invasive diagnostics comes with some ramifications. See Article p.320

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Figure 1: Deducing a fetal genome.

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The author is chair of the clinical advisory board of Verinata Health. She receives honoraria and equity from the company.

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Bianchi, D. Fetal genes in mother's blood. Nature 487, 304–305 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/487304a

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