Entire DNA Profile of Unborn Baby Has Been Mapped From Mother’s Blood

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Scientists were able to identify all DNA strands that belong to the child from the mother’s blood sample.

Parents may soon be able to find out if their unborn child is prone to any inherited diseases, researchers said on Thursday, after developing a non-invasive technique to draw the entire gene map of the human fetus. By analyzing a sample of the mother’s blood, which contains DNA from the fetus, scientists in Hong Kong and the United States were able to identify all the DNA strands that belong to the child and piece them together.

 

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Ethical Questions Raised When Lab Produces Monkeys With Two Mothers

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Scientists have produced monkeys with genetic material from two mothers, an advance that could help women with some inherited diseases have healthy children but that would raise a host of safety, legal, ethical and social questions if attempted in people.