prenatal genetic testing

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The sampling of cells from a fetus to determine whether or not it has a genetic disorder. Such testing is offered to mothers who will be older than 35 at the time of delivery, or to those who have had a previous child or pregnancy with a birth defect, or in situations where the family history indicates that the baby may be at risk of inheriting a genetic abnormality. See amniocentesis, chorionic villi sampling, Down syndrome, genetic counseling, informed consent, maternal contamination, pedigree.

Subjects: Genetics and Genomics.

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