GENETIC TESTING GIVES ANSWERS ON DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS DURING PREGNANCY

Biospace.com | February 01, 2019

Genetic testing improves the diagnoses of abnormalities in developing babies that are picked up during ultrasound scans, scientists report today (31 January) in The Lancet. Scientists from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge, University of Birmingham, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and their collaborators used genome sequencing to improve the diagnoses of abnormalities detected by ultrasound by around 10 percent. Without genomic information, these abnormalities may not have been diagnosed until after pregnancy, if at all.
The findings suggest that if the results from genome sequencing can be delivered in the timeframe of a pregnancy, then the additional diagnosis can support the care, counseling and the family’s decision-making during pregnancy. Approximately 3 percent of pregnancies will have an abnormality in the structure of the developing baby, which is detected by a routine prenatal ultrasound scan. These can include problems with the baby’s heart, brain, skeleton or in some cases, multiple organs.

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