Maternal blood screening

Maternal blood screening

Maternal blood screening is normally done early in pregnancy to test for a variety of conditions. Abnormal amounts of certain proteins in a pregnant woman's blood raise the probability of fetal defects. Amniocentesis is recommended if such a probability occurs.
Mentioned in: Amniocentesis
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Current maternal blood screening methods are indirect measurements that involve testing for concentrations of up to three hormones present in the maternal blood.
As expanded genetic analyses or new maternal blood screening techniques, such as fetal cell sorting, become available, what safeguards exist to insure that the ethical and social entailments of these advances will receive appropriate consideration?

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