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Experts back prenatal Down's syndrome blood test

Leading scientists have given their backing to introducing a blood test to detect Down's syndrome in unborn babies on the NHS. Non-invasive prenatal testing can predict with 99% accuracy whether a baby has Down's.

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Experts back prenatal Down's syndrome blood test

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.

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) can predict whether an unborn baby has Down's syndrome. Credit: PA Wire

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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