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  • Down’s Syndrome in Pregnancy

    Down’s syndrome is a congenital condition that causes an individual to have an extra chromosome 21. This condition is also called trisomy 21 where the person has 47 chromosomes instead of 46; so having three copies of chromosome 21 instead of two causes Down’s syndrome.  Down’s syndrome affects 1 in 800 child births worldwide. People with Down’s syndrome have characteristic facial features that can make them resemble each other while simultaneously resembling their own family Continue Reading

  • What is Amniocentesis

    In the uterus your baby is surrounded by water-like liquids called amniotic fluid. As your baby grows, just like adults, it sheds cells called fetal skin cells or alpha-fetoproteins (AFP). These cells contain very important clues about your baby’s health and development. Extensive testing, including testing at the genetic level, can be performed on the contents of amniotic fluids if you can get to it. The process of removing a very small amount of the Continue Reading