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Prenatal Genetic Testing

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New York, NY—A large, multi-center clinical trial led by researchers from Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) shows that a new genetic test resulted in significantly more clinically relevant information than the current standard method of prenatal testing. The test uses microarray analysis to conduct a more comprehensive examination of a fetus’s DNA than is possible with the current standard method, karyotyping—a visual analysis of the fetus’s chromosomes. Results were published in the Dec. 6, 2012, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).moreless

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