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Genetic Linkage

Prenatal Genetic Testing: When is it "Toxic Knowledge"?

October 18, 2012

Tags: prenatal genetic testing, chromosomal microarray, copy number variant, autism, developmental delay

Can prenatal genetic test results destroy the joy of pregnancy? (Credit: Jane Ades, NHGRI)
When I was a fetus, I was left alone. My amniotic fluid and chorionic villi were untouched, and I arrived apparently normal, except for a mark on the part of my anatomy where a bullet “directly bit” Forrest Gump.

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