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11 Early Pregnancy Symptoms to Watch For

--- 22 Mar 2021

Are you pregnant? Look for these early pregnancy symptoms. Some of these first signs of pregnancy can show up just a few short weeks after conception. Before you even pass that pregnancy test and know for sure that you’ve got a baby on board, you may get a heads-up in the form of some early pregnancy symptoms. But because many…

What About Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)?

--- 25 Feb 2021

A simple blood test can tell doctors more about your baby than ever before. Learn about the test that’s making genetic screening more reliable. Did you know that pieces of your baby’s DNA circulate in your bloodstream? Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) involves a simple blood screening that analyzes that DNA (it’s called cell-free DNA, or cfDNA) to pinpoint a baby’s…

Pregnancy and COVID-19 FAQs

--- 10 Feb 2021

Can the virus be given to the baby during pregnancy?  We don’t know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. At this time, no infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In the small number of cases studied so…

Study Shows NIFTY® Outperforms Other NIPTs

--- 13 Jan 2021

A couple of years ago, researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong have published a study titled Accurate Description of DNA-Based Noninvasive Prenatal Screening in The New England Journal of Medicine. The study found that BGI’s NIFTY® test performed better than all other NIPT tests examined. In the study, researchers evaluated the…

Study indicates that the strategy of haplotype-based noninvasive prenatal testing for monogenic conditions has potential applications in clinical practice.

--- 9 Oct 2020

The goals of the study were to develop a noninvasive pre- natal test for autosomal recessive monogenic conditions and to prove its overall feasibility and potential for clinical integration. The accuracy levels of paternal and maternal haplotypes obtained by grandparent-assisted haplotype phasing were 99.01 and 97.36%, respectively, and the proband-assisted haplotype phasing process yielded slightly lower accuracies of 98.73 and…