Category Archives: Genetics

Does an abnormal or positive prenatal screen result mean that my baby will have Down syndrome?


Does an abnormal or positive prenatal screen result mean that my baby will have Down syndrome? No! Prenatal screening, including a ‘triple screen’, ‘quad screen’ or ‘integrated screen’, are screening tests which are different than diagnostic tests.  A screening test … Continue reading

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‘Harmony Prenatal Test’, ‘MaterniT21 PLUS’, and the ‘Non-invasive verifi prenatal test’: What are these new prenatal tests and where can you get tested?


These three tests (‘Harmony Prenatal Test’, ‘MaterniT21 PLUS’, and ‘Non-invasive verifi prenatal test’) are examples of different brands of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT). NIPT uses new technology to detect fetal aneuploidy during pregnancy.  Genetic material (DNA) in human cells is … Continue reading

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I’ve been referred for genetic counseling… What does that mean?


Most people who are referred for genetic counseling have never heard of it before, and can be quite intimidated by the sound of it – is someone going to try to change my genes?? Like gene therapy or something? Or … Continue reading

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