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Glossary

Prenatal diagnosis

A biochemical, genetic or ultrasound test performed during pregnancy, to determine if a fetus is affected by a particular disorder.



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Illumina wins NIPT patent case in UK High Court

27 November 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

The UK Patents Court has ruled that two separate non-invasive prenatal tests infringe patents licensed by the US firm Illumina... [Read More]

The reflex prenatal screening model seems like a step in the wrong direction

20 November 2017 - by Catherine Joynson

The new 'reflex' method of antenatal screening for Down's, Edwards' and Patau's syndromes was described last week as a 'transformational advance'. It might be cheaper than other approaches, but it could come at the cost of informed choice for pregnant women and couples... [Read More]

New prenatal DNA test for Down's syndrome is more accurate and cheaper

13 November 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

A new prenatal screening method for Down's syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau syndromes is safer, more reliable and cheaper than existing approaches, a study has found... [Read More]

South Asian social systems give insight into genetics

24 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Genome-wide analysis in South Asian populations may provide insight into rare genetic diseases, suggests research... [Read More]

What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS

10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]

Radio Review: One to One - Jane Hill meets Caroline Harding

05 June 2017 - by Arit Udoh

The first of two episodes of the One-to-One programme about people from families affected by genetic diseases: exploring the emotional impact of a family member's diagnosis and how relatives decide whether or not to find out if the condition will also affect them... [Read More]

Australia upholds the ban on sex selection: a partial victory in an ongoing struggle

22 May 2017 - by Dr Tereza Hendl

Australia recently saw important developments in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, as the National Health and Medical Research Council released its revision of the Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research. Among other topics, this section is concerned with the regulation of sex selection... [Read More]

Is there a right to genetic affinity with one's children?

24 April 2017 - by Dr Megan Allyse

Assisted reproduction returned to the international spotlight last month, when Singapore's highest court penalised a fertility centre that had mistakenly fertilised a woman's eggs with the wrong sperm. The woman and her husband sued for compensation equal to the cost of raising the child until the age of 21, claiming that the clinic's negligence had caused them to give birth to the 'wrong' child... [Read More]

Ethics report on non-invasive prenatal testing raises questions of its own

06 March 2017 - by Nick Meade

The Nuffield Council of Bioethics' new report on non-invasive prenatal testing is unnecessarily negative and encroaches on women's reproductive choices... [Read More]

Use of prenatal tests 'must be limited', say bioethicists

06 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has called for a ban on using early prenatal testing to find out the sex or sequence the whole genome of the fetus... [Read More]

Event Review: 'Genome editing: an ethical review' launch

31 October 2016 - by Jennifer Willows

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics presented its preliminary report 'Genome editing: an ethical review' in the genteel surroundings of the Royal Geographical Society in South Kensington... [Read More]

Should prenatal DNA testing for Down's syndrome be available online?

24 October 2016 - by Craig Macpherson

Several online companies now offer non-invasive prenatal testing for Down's syndrome. While there are some protections for consumers, they are currently insufficient... [Read More]

Down's syndrome: NIPT in the bud?

03 October 2016 - by Victoria Woodham

The introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing in the NHS screening programme for pregnant women may seem like a no-brainer, but it is based on outdated ideas of what life is like for people with Down's syndrome and their families... [Read More]

NIPT or not to NIPT – is that really the question?

15 August 2016 - by Jane Fisher and Professor Lyn Chitty

A central tenet of prenatal testing is to promote reproductive autonomy by providing women with information that can assist in pregnancy management. Bringing NIPT into the NHS will improve an established screening programme... [Read More]

Event Review: Genetic Screening and Respect for Persons

18 July 2016 - by Amina Yonis

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is improving all the time, and the tests may soon be offered to all pregnant women on the NHS. This event explored how to ensure that prospective mothers are properly counselled to make informed decisions about their pregnancy... [Read More]

Abnormal fetuses are highly unlikely to heal themselves

18 April 2016 - by Professor Caroline Ogilvie

Press coverage of a recent study on mouse embryos speculates that termination of human pregnancies diagnosed with aneuploidy (a family of conditions including Down's syndrome) at prenatal diagnosis could be unnecessary, due to the ability of the fetus to 'heal itself'. In fact, the paper's findings are not relevant to aneuploidy detected at prenatal diagnosis... [Read More]

Identity, disability and the genome

11 April 2016 - by Dr Felicity Boardman

My research on families living with the genetic disorder Spinal Muscular Atrophy calls into question some of the assumptions underlying the belief that genetic disease is, inherently and by its very definition, a trait to be avoided... [Read More]

Non-invasive prenatal testing in the non-Western context

25 January 2016 - by Vardit Ravitsky, Jessica Mozersky, Marsha Michie, Rayna Rapp, Megan Allyse, and Subhashini Chandrasekharan

Since its introduction in 2011, the availability of non-invasive prenatal testing has been expanding globally and rapidly. The clinical introduction of NIPT has clear benefits for pregnant women, such as reducing the need for invasive testing. But, depending on local circumstances, it also raises varying challenges and opportunities... [Read More]

Prenatal test for Down's syndrome recommended for NHS

18 January 2016 - by Lone Hørlyck

A new blood test for Down’s syndrome in high-risk women has been recommended for use on the NHS.... [Read More]

Stating the obvious: discarding embryos does not increase your chance of having a baby

18 January 2016 - by Heidi Mertes, Sjoerd Repping & Guido de Wert

Under the auspices of the Virtual Academy of Genetics, COGEN recently issued a 'consensus statement' on preimplantation genetic screening, based on a scientific meeting held in Paris last September... [Read More]

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