New Down syndrome test less invasive, highly accurate

The DNA test for pregnant women can detect Down syndrome as early as ten weeks. Supporters consider the test a breakthrough in early detection, while others voice ethical concerns.
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The DNA test for pregnant women can detect Down syndrome as early as ten weeks. Supporters consider the test a breakthrough in early detection, while others voice ethical concerns.

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