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New techniques to diagnose disease in a fetus

Researchers, including Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake, PhD, have developed a noninvasive genetics test that can reveal health problems in fetuses without harming the mother or child. A story appearing in the current issue of Discover Magazine describes the genome-sequencing work of Quake and his colleagues, and also highlights concerns that arise over making this type of genetic information available. It’s worth a read.

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