DNA blood test 'more accurate for detecting Down syndrome than standard methods'

April 2, 2015 3:03 PM

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DNA blood test 'more accurate for detecting Down syndrome than standard methods'

The study - led by Dr. Mary Norton, professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) - also revealed the blood test was more effective for diagnosing two rarer chromosomal abnormalities - Edwards syndrome and Patau syndrome - than conventional techniques.

The team publishes its findings in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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