Leading scientists have given their backing to introducing a 99% accurate blood test to detect Down's syndrome in unborn babies on the NHS.
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can predict whether a baby has Down's and also screens for the rare genetic conditions Edward's syndrome and Patau syndrome.
NIPT is currently only available in private hospitals but is being considered for use on the NHS by the UK National Screening Committee, which will make a formal recommendation once the results of a trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London become known.
But in a new development, a scientific impact paper published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) supports giving the test to all women who want it in early pregnancy.
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