New DNA Test Offers Miscarriage Clues

Twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and recurrent miscarriage happens to about 5% of all couples trying to have a family. ... read more »

Is Chromosome Detection Necessary for All Infertile Couples?

A study published in the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics reveals it may be necessary to complete karyotype analysis in all infertile couples. Research was completed at a reproductive center in Zhengzhou City, China. ... read more »

New Down Syndrome DNA Test 10 Times More Accurate

The latest edition of the Journal of Medicine includes the story on a DNA test that is ten times more accurate than those in wide use today and it can be done much earlier in the pregnancy, too. ... read more »

Microarray More Accurate Than Karyotyping

Genetic testing is an important part of diagnosing and treating chromosomal abnormalities. Currently, karyotyping is the most prevalent form of prenatal genetic testing, but the results of microarray testing appear to be more accurate. ... read more »

How an Extra Chromosome Changes Entire Genome of Twins

Dr. Stylianos Antonarakis and his international team of researchers had the rare opportunity to study the genomes of identical twins where one twin had Down syndrome and the other did not. ... read more »

Choosing Embryos for Transfer in IVF

One of the biggest issues in in vitro fertilization (IVF) is knowing which embryos have the best chance of implantation and normal development during pregnancy. ... read more »

What is the Cost and How Long is the Genetic Testing?

The cost of genetic testing can range from under $100 to more than $2,000, depending on the nature and complexity of the test. ... read more »

Can Changes in Chromosomes Affect Health and Development?

Human cells normally contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 46chromosomes in each cell. A change in the number of chromosomes can cause problems with growth, development, and function of the body's systems. ... read more »

New Study on Chromosome Errors in Human Eggs

As many as 60% of a woman's eggs are thought to be defective by errors in chromosomal division. These errors represent the number-one cause of infertility. ... read more »

Why Chromosomal Birth Defects More Likely in Older Mothers

A team of research scientists has recently discovered a new clue in the mystery of why chromosomal birth defects, like those that cause Down syndrome, are more likely to occur in older mothers. ... read more »

Link Between Childhood Leukemia and a Genetic Mutation

A recent study of the genomes of children with a rare form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) found that this particular genetic mutation increases a child's risk of cancer by 2,700 times. ... read more »

Performance Artist Shares Story of Tragic End to Pregnancy

Nicole Stewart's show Bun in the Oven was supposed to be funny, filled with happy stories. It wasn't, but as the saying goes, the show must go on, so it opened as scheduled in October 2013. ... read more »

Pregnancy Termination: Fetal Chromosome Abnormalities

In a retrospective study of 286 pregnancies where fetal abnormalities, particularly chromosome abnormality, was diagnosed females were more likely to terminate the pregnancy even with genetic counseling. ... read more »

Blood Test for Pregnant Women Shows RNA Activity in Fetus

Researchers at Stanford University in California have developed a test that uses a small sample of a pregnant woman's blood to monitor the RNA activity of a fetus throughout pregnancy. ... read more »

300 Year-Old Fertility Statistic is Still Cited Today

One out of three women over the age of 35 will not conceive after one year of trying to conceive (TTC). While that statistic may sound about right to most people, it may not necessarily be true in the present day. ... read more »

Research Setting Vs. Clinical Genetic Testing

The main differences between clinical genetic testing and research testing are the purpose of the tests and who receives the results. ... read more »

Women 35+ Less Likely to Have Babies with Anatomical Defects

A study revealed a decreased risk of anatomical defects by as much as 40% when the mother is older. ... read more »

What is a Nuchal Translucency Screening Test?

If you are really worried about your baby having any type of genetic abnormality, an NT screening with negative results could set your mind at ease. ... read more »

Trisomy 18 - Edward Syndrome

Trisomy 18 syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 6,000 live-born infants. Trisomy 18 is due to the presence of an extra #18 chromosome. ... read more »

What Causes A Miscarriage At Six Weeks?

An early miscarriage is one that occurs between 6 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, or in the first trimester of pregnancy. What could cause a miscarriage at 6 weeks? ... read more »

Congenital CHARGE Disorder

In 1979, Dr. BD Hall was the first to describe CHARGE disorder. The name CHARGE is an acronym for the effects of the disorder on the body. ... read more »

Your Vitamins Might be Too Much of a Good Thing

I love my chewy vitamins. Every day after lunch, I make sure I take a One-a-Day supplement to achieve my daily doses of nutrients. As a vegetarian, I feel that a supplement is especially important to make up for specific dietary deficits. ... read more »

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