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21 February 2011

Blood tests for inherited diseases

Doctors may soon be able to diagnose inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis, thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia in foetuses by simply testing a blood sample from the mother.

Doctors may soon be able to diagnose inherited diseases such as cystic fibrosis, thalassemia and sickle cell anaemia in foetuses by simply testing a blood sample taken from the mother.

"Such diseases can be diagnosed by a simple blood test (taken from the mother) ... and by counting the relative ratio of the mutant genes against the normal genes," said lead researcher Dennis Lo at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 
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